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Boston Strong: 36,000 run emotional Boston Marathon

Meb Keflezighi, who gave the Boston fans their first American men’s champ in more than three decades, wore the names of four victims on his running bib.

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE poured onto the streets of Boston today, marking the first Boston Marathon since last year’s bombing that killed three people.

With security tight along the 26.2-mile course, nearly 36,000 runners set out from the Boston Marathon starting line Monday in a “Boston Strong” show of resilience a year after the bombing that turned the race into a scene of carnage.

Meb Keflezighi, who became the first American men’s champion in more than three decades, wore the names of four victims on his running bib.

Written in marker in each corner were Krystle, Lingzi, Martin and Sean.

Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi and Martin Richard were killed in the bombings during last year’s race. MIT Officer Sean Collier was killed days later in the hunt for the bombing suspects.

All pics: PA Wire

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    Mobility-impaired runners gather at the start line for a moment of silence before the 118th Boston Marathon.Source: AP
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    Meb Keflezighi celebrates his winSource: AP
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    Spectators cheer as the fourth wave of runners started the 118th Boston MarathonSource: AP/Press Association Images
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    Runner Ryan Hall stands near the startSource: AP/Press Association Images
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    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick greets runners in the mobility impaired division of the 118th Boston MarathonSource: AP/Press Association Images

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