1 year after bombs, Boston Marathon a celebration

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BOSTON (AP) — Unfinished business. Defiance. Hope, strength and resilience.

They used different words but the meaning was the same for thousands of people who were stopped by twin bombings at last year's Boston Marathon and came back this year to finish what they started.

The 118th running of the storied race from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday was run under the long and still-sharp shadow of the 117th, which turned tragic when two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. For this marathon, there was no choice but to remember, reflect and even confront the past, but the athletes found it easier — and more fun — to celebrate.

Said Vicki Schmidt of Nashville after finishing the race: "You can't hold us back."

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