Nearly 36,000 take part in marathon a year after deadly bombing

BOSTON (AP) — Nearly 36,000 runners have taken part today in a show of resilience.

A little more than a year after the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line, runners set out again today on the 26.2 mile course. And to the delight of many in the crowd, an American (Meb Keflizighi (kehf-LEHZH'-gee)) won the men's division for the first time in more than three decades.

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended the Boston Marathon title she said she could not enjoy a year ago after bombs killed three people. Jeptoo finished the race in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds.

Today's runners included many who were prevented from finishing when the bombs went off last year.

Along the route today, there were officers on the streets and on rooftops, and in helicopters circling overhead.

Among the signs lining the end of the route was one paying tribute to 8-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest of those killed in the bombing.

Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the bombing, was among the spectators cheering runners near the finish line. He said it "feels great" to be back.

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202-a-10-(Meb Keflezighi (kehf-LEHZH'-gee), Boston marathon winner, at news conference)-"was a disaster"-Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi says he knows what it means to have an American win the race. Updated: 04/21/2014-02:47:50 PM ET (21 Apr 2014)

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172-a-07-(Michael Linse (LIN'-zee), Boston Marathon spectator, wife is running the race, in AP interview)-"we're, we're thrilled"-Boston Marathon spectator Michael Linse, whose wife is running the race, says the atmosphere at the race is electric. (21 Apr 2014)

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APPHOTO MASR106: Women display placards and cheer near Wellesley College along the route of the 118th Boston Marathon, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Wellesley, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (21 Apr 2014)

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APPHOTO BX210: Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, left, greets Carlos Arredondo near the finish line of the the 118th Boston Marathon, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) (19 Apr 2014)

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