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Photos: Boston Marathon is more than a ‘race’

The highly anticipated 128th Boston Marathon brought nearly 30,000 runners from more than 100 countries to Massachusetts on Monday, April 15. Hundreds of thousands of spectators flocked to the cities along the way and took to the streets to cheer on their families, friends and all the runners. . The 26.2-mile course, starting in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and ending on Boylston Street in Boston, resonated with constant cheers, the ringing of cowbells, and a wealth of emotions throughout the course. As the runners crossed the finish line, they showed every emotion, from exhaustion to excitement.

To refresh your memory, check out these photos taken by Beacon Staff photographers throughout the day.

  • A runner pours a beer over his head just before the finish line in celebration of the 128th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Rian Nelson/Beacon Staff)

  • An event volunteer clears the finish line for the first wave of runners on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Rian Nelson/Beacon Staff)

  • Volunteers wave and greet buses of runners to the starting line in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, on the Boston Common early in the morning of Monday, April 15, 2024. (Ashlyn Wang/Beacon Staff)

  • A runner warms up early in the morning on Monday, April 15, 2024, and a tattoo showing his previous Boston Marathon times can be seen on the back of his calves (Madla Walsh/Beacon Staff)

  • Crowds scream and cheer as runners cross the finish line on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Madla Walsh/Beacon Staff)

  • A stack of unicorn medals sits on a table, waiting for finishers on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Madla Walsh/Beacon Staff)

  • A volunteer places a medal around a runner’s neck after the race on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Ashlyn Wang/Beacon Staff)

  • Several runners help an injured runner cross the finish line on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Rian Nelson/Beacon Staff)

  • Two runners embrace at the finish line as they complete the long journey of the 128th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Rian Nelson/Beacon Staff)

  • Spectators cheer as women’s division champion Hellen Obiri takes the lead and runs down Beacon Street to the finish line in Brookline, Massachusetts, on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Ashlyn Wang/Beacon Staff)

  • A medical support member checks on a runner at the finish line of the 128th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Madla Walsh/Beacon Staff)

  • Runners walk to their loved ones after the race with warm blankets draped over their shoulders on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Madla Walsh/Beacon Staff)

  • Runners relax after the race in the Public Garden and bask in the sunlight in the late afternoon of Monday, April 15, 2024. (Annie Zhou/Beacon Staff)