Joy, community fill streets 10 years after Boston Marathon bombing

Elizabeth Scholl, photo staff

Despite the fog, chilly temperatures and rain, participants pushed ahead in the 127th Boston Marathon.

This year’s marathon marked 10 years since the marathon bombing, which killed three victims and injured more than 260 others. Official ceremonies commemorated the tragedy April 15 with a new One Boston Day marker unveiled at the finish line, bells signifying the exact moment the bombs detonated and a speech where a speaker dedicated the updated, commemorative finish line to the victims, heroes and runners, as well as the city of Boston. 

On Marathon Monday April 17, an estimated 30,000 runners flooded the streets of eight Massachusetts towns, with the race starting in Hopkinton and ending in Copley Square. Audience members roared in support from the sidelines, cheering on participants as they followed the 26.2 mile path.

Spectators cheer on the sidelines near the finish line. Despite the rainy, cold weather, people turned out in droves to support participants in the marathon. (Elizabeth Scholl)

Participants competed in wheelchair, handcycle, paralympic, professional and regular wave divisions throughout the day. 

A few mishaps occurred during the race, including women’s wheelchair winner Susannah Scaroni stopping to repair a wheel. Despite the delay, she went on to place first with a time of 01:41:45.

Scaroni pushes past the 25 mile marker (left, not pictured). This was Scaroni’s first Boston Marathon win after placing second in last year’s race. (Elizabeth Scholl)

Although world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge was expected to win the men’s pro division, he placed sixth, with Evans Chebet winning for the second year in a row with a time of 02:05:54.

Chebet strides past a group of cheering spectators in the final mile of the marathon. Chebet became the sixth runner in history to achieve back-to-back wins. (Elizabeth Scholl)

The excitement grew as participants neared the finish line. People waved as their friends and family members passed the stone, bronze and glass memorials on Boylston Street which honor the victims of the 2013 bombing.

People watch from behind one of the Boston Marathon bombing memorials. The granite structures at the center of the memorials were constructed using stone from places significant to each of the victims killed in the bombing. (Elizabeth Scholl)

After finishing, participants received medals and assistance from approximately 9,100 volunteers on site, then met up with family and friends to celebrate their achievements.