BOSTON (AP) — The weather was cold and damp but the atmosphere festive at this year's Boston Marathon, two years after the race was defined by deadly bombings.
All along the 26.2-mile course on Monday, spectators banged cowbells and blew air horns amid chilly weather and light rain.
Near the Boylston Street finish line, crowds roared each time an athlete approached, shouting words of encouragement.
Those who attended last year's race said Monday's atmosphere felt less intense and emotionally charged. Some were ready to move on and enjoy the sights and sounds of one of the city's most cherished events.
But throughout were reminders of the 2013 attacks, which killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others.
"Boston Strong" — the phrase that became the city's defiant rally cry after the attack — was everywhere.