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PHOTOS: American Wins Boston Marathon 1 Year After Deadly Bombing

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Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon 1 year after bombing. Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon 1 year after bombing.
BOSTON, MA -
American Meb Keflezighi has won the Boston Marathon, a year after a bombing at the finish line left three dead and more than 260 people injured.
    
Keflezighi is a former New York City Marathon champion and Olympic medalist. He ran the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to the finish on Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay on Monday in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds.
    
The 118th running of the Boston Marathon has begun amid heavy security a year after the bombings near the race's finish line that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.
    
The race began at 8:50 a.m. Monday for mobility-impaired marathoners and at 9:32 a.m. for elite women. The elite male runners start at 10 a.m.
    
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said at the starting line in Hopkinton that officials are trying to keep a traditional family feel to the marathon while maintaining tight security.
    
A moment of silence was observed and "America the Beautiful" was played over a loudspeaker before the start of the race.
    
About 36,000 runners registered for the race - the second-largest field in its history.
    
Security doesn't dampen enthusiasm for marathon
    
There are helicopters circling overhead, and bomb-sniffing dogs are checking through trash cans, as runners make their way along the route of the Boston Marathon. State and local police officers are everywhere, even on the rooftops of some buildings.
    
A year after the marathon was hit with a finish-line bombing attack that killed three people, runners today were dropped off by buses bearing the message, "Boston Strong." Spectators went through tight security checkpoints before being allowed near Hopkinton Common for the start of the race. A moment of silence was observed before the marathon got under way.
    
A woman in Hopkinton who watches the start of the marathon in most years says she's never seen anything close to this level of security. But Jean Bertschman says everyone has been "very pleasant."
    
Despite the heightened security, the mood is festive at the finish line. Spontaneous applause broke out as a group of Boston police officers walked near the site of last year's twin bombing. Children danced as the Rolling Stones' song "Start Me Up" blared over the loudspeakers.

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