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2017 Boston Marathon updates

News, photos, and more from Hopkinton to Boston.

  • Mile 3 split for women is 5:37, Deba in front of pack.
  • The women's elite leaderboard through 5K.

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/17/2017 1:51:46 PM
  • The 2-mile split for the women's lead pack is 5:36. Baysa remains at front of pack.
  • The men's push rim leaderboard through 15K. Ernst Van Dyk still in front.

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/17/2017 1:46:28 PM
  • 30,000 gallons of water on the route, says announcer. #drinkup
  • Defending champion Atsede Baysa now at the front of the women's pack, still about 15 women.
  • Buzunesh Deba at the front of the women's pack now, Des Linden tucked behind on the left side of the road. 5:55 Mile 1 split.
  • The women's push rim race through 10K.

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/17/2017 1:40:37 PM
  • The men's push rim race through 10K.

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/17/2017 1:38:20 PM
  • Esther Atkins of Greenville, S.C. in the front row in the early going.
  • Women's lead pack on first downhill is more than 20 runners, at a slow pace.
  • Near the memorial on Boylston a pair of shoes hang beneath a tree. Written on them: "no more hurting people. Peace." #BostonMarathon2017 http://pbs.twimg.com/media/C9nko_AVYAAs_YQ.jpg">http://pbs.twimg.com/media/C9nko_CVYAAnmpW.jpg

  • Near the memorial on Boylston a pair of shoes hang beneath a tree. Written on them: "no more hurting people. Peace." #BostonMarathon2017 http://pbs.twimg.com/media/C9nko_AVYAAs_YQ.jpg">http://pbs.twimg.com/media/C9nko_CVYAAnmpW.jpg

  • Elite women are off.
  • Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/17/2017 1:31:19 PM
  • Elite women are five minutes from starting the Boston Marathon. America's best hope is Des Linden, who was second in 2011.
  • The wheelchair and handcycle competitors are on the course. Elite women are up next at 9:32 a.m.
    Globe Sports 4/17/2017 1:23:32 PM
  • .@velospeed attempting #BostonMarathon2017 on crutches. Broke fibula last month Friends giving new crutches en route goo.gl/JvPwjm
  • Also, look for this guy. He's dressed as Forrest Gump --- beard, white Nikes, and all. #bostonmarathon2017 twitter.com/steveannear/st…
  • Temperature in Hopkinton at 8:50 a.m. (start of the mobility impaired race) was 72.4 degrees. Humidity was 44 percent. #bostonmarathon
  • The bars on Boylston, of course, are already bubbling over. But still few people lining the last bit of the course. #BostonMarathon http://pbs.twimg.com/media/C9nehxOUIAASXpp.jpg">http://pbs.twimg.com/media/C9nehxQVoAAGp9V.jpg

  • The bars on Boylston, of course, are already bubbling over. But still few people lining the last bit of the course. #BostonMarathon http://pbs.twimg.com/media/C9nehxOUIAASXpp.jpg">http://pbs.twimg.com/media/C9nehxQVoAAGp9V.jpg

  • They're starting to move plows into place at cross streets as a safety measure. Two just pulled up at Hereford and Comm. #BostonMarathon http://pbs.twimg.com/media/C9ndZJ1V0AA6CEb.jpg

  • Running for a cause

    (Photo by Owen Pence/Globe Correspondent)
     
    Dan Gratzer of Hanover personifies the resilient spirit of Marathon Monday.
     
    Running for the second time, Gratzer is partnered with the Mass General cystic fibrosis team.
     
    "I have a patient partner named Tommy, and it runs in my family, so that's why it's important to me to run for cystic fibrosis," Gratzer said. "Today is such a special day in Boston and it's important to me and important to everyone."  
     
    As for the day's defining moment, "You come on to Boylston Street and there's no other feeling of [having] everyone there for you, cheering you on," he said. "It's Boston Strong for today."
     
    Owen Pence, Globe Correspondent
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  • A meaningful homecoming

    (Photo by Owen Pence/Globe Correspondent)
     
    Though Sharon Cox grew up in Chelmsford, she hasn't attended a Boston Marathon.
     
    After a 20-year stint living in California, Cox has returned to make a dream come true. This one comes with an added weight for Cox: her mother died from cancer three years ago and Cox herself has recently undergone preventative cancer surgeries.
     
    "Before I left California, I ran the Long Beach one," Cox said, "and I said when I get through all my surgeries and I come here and become a New Englander, I'm going to raise money for Dana Farber and I'm going to run the Boston Marathon. I've always dreamt of going to one and I never thought I'd actually be able to run one."
     
    Owen Pence, Globe Correspondent
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/17/2017 12:47:37 PM
  • A journey across the globe and a 'dream come true'

    (Photo by Owen Pence/Globe Correspondent)
     
    Kranti Salvi's outlook on life Monday morning was vibrant. Traversing across the globe from her hometown of Mumbai, India, Salvi is preparing for her first Boston Marathon.
     
    "[It's] my dream come true," she said. "Right now it's half my goal achieved, and after I cross the finish line it will be completely achieved."
     
    As for the best parts of an idyllic Massachusetts spring morning?
     
    "The air, the energy, the people, the positive vibrations," Salvi said.
     
    Owen Pence, Globe Correspondent
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/17/2017 12:41:05 PM
  • Marathon security update: 'We're calm, but guarded'

    Police motorcycles stand ready in Hopkinton. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff)
     
    Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard McKeon, FBI-Boston Special Agent-in-charge Hank Shaw, and Hopkinton Police Chief Edward J. Lee provided a security update before the start of the marathon on Monday.
     
    McKeon said that "lengthy planning" went into providing security for the 121st Boston Marathon, which included multiple tours of the course, and gathering intelligence from the FBI.
     
    "You're going to see uniform presence along the route and undercover personnel," said McKeon. "We anticipate a great day."
     
    Shaw said there are no credible threats at this point.
     
    "We're calm, but guarded," he said.
     
    Lee, meanwhile, pointed to the help of additional eyes in the sky: two drones flying 400 feet in the air collecting images of the crowd.
     
    Lee said the drones "will help us in responding to any incident."
     
    This is the first year in which drones have been used. It is part of a pilot program between the Boston Athletic Association and PsyFi. The footage is being monitored by police in a command post located at the Hopkinton Police Department.
     
    Jan Ransom, Globe Staff
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/17/2017 12:38:49 PM
  • Good luck to @BostonGlobe staffers @jm_bos & Billy Baker, who are both running today. And to all the other many runners. Wicked nice out.
  • Mr. @OwenPence has been interviewing #BostonMarathon runners at Boston Common. Live updates t.co t.co

  • A runner gets in some stretching at the athlete's village in Hopkinton. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/17/2017 12:17:56 PM
  • Cross it off the bucket list

    (Photo by Owen Pence/Globe Correspondent)
     
    John Slater has a diverse athletic palette, having competed in half marathons, triathlons, and duathlons.
     
    On Monday, the man from Seattle gets to participate in something he's long dreamed of.
     
    "It's a bucket list item," he said of the Boston Marathon. "It's an amazing experience. Amazing people, amazing city, the weather's perfect; it's just exciting to be here."
     
    Owen Pence, Globe Correspondent
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/17/2017 12:14:02 PM
  • 'This is what every marathoner dreams about'

    (Photo by Owen Pence/Globe Correspondent)
     
    David Stoner is no stranger to marathons, having run about 30 in his life. But nothing compares to Boston.
     
    "It's the marathon," says the Colorado native. "This is what every marathoner dreams about. I feel very excited, very privileged."
     
    Stoner is targeting a time of 3 hours, 15 minutes, though 3 hours is in his purview "if things really feel good."
     
    Owen Pence, Globe Correspondent
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/17/2017 12:02:38 PM
  • Scenes from the starting line in Hopkinton

    Workers prepare the starting line. (Bill Greene/Globe Staff)
     
    A runner sleeps at the athlete's village before the start of the 121st Boston Marathon. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
     
    Runner Victoria Ballestero meditates at the athlete's village before the start of the 121st Boston Marathon. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
     
    A graphic adorns the road just ahead of the start line before the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff)
     
    Corral markers lay on the Hopkinton Common before being put to use. (Bill Greene/Globe Staff)
     
     
     
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/17/2017 12:00:11 PM
  • 'Boston is just an amazing place to run'

    (Photo by Owen Pence/Globe Correspondent)
     
    Argaw Kidane is wowed by the history of the Boston Marathon. Monday marks his seventh time running the race, and for this Maryland native, all his training throughout the year builds to Boston.
     
    "It's everything," Kidane said. "I run because I want to run Boston. It's incredible, the history of it. The city of Boston is just an amazing place to run."
     
    Owen Pence, Globe Correspondent
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/17/2017 11:49:55 AM
  • 'I'm still pinching myself' about running Boston

    (Photo by Owen Pence/Globe Correspondent)
     
    The trek from Albuquerque to Boston is a long one, but Jeff Edgar's first Boston Marathon is a worthy occasion. Basking in the moment, Edgar's relaxed disposition felt fitting.
     
    "It's kind of unreal; I'm still pinching myself," Edgar said with a smile. "I'm going to run as fast as I can and that's just about it and see what my time turns out to be. That's pretty much my attitude towards every race, which is probably why it's taken me so long to get to Boston."
     
    Owen Pence, Globe Correspondent
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/17/2017 11:39:20 AM
  • 'There's no other marathon like this one'

    (Photo by Owen Pence/Globe Correspondent)
     
    Gwen Jacobson ran her first Boston Marathon the year after the bombing. She's been back every year since.
     
    The Rochester, Minn., native says, "There's no other marathon like this one. Everyone just says, 'Thank you for running Boston.' "
     
    — Owen Pence, Globe Correspondent
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/17/2017 11:36:19 AM
  • From California, with love

    (Photo by Owen Pence/Globe Correspondent)
     
    A Ventura, Calif., native, Anna Rose appreciates the comfortable running weather of Boston. But it's the communal aspect that she most enjoys about marathon Monday. Having run the race once prior, Rose looks forward to the jubilation near the finish line.
     
    "My favorite part is coming around that last corner, right when you see the finish line," she said, "Knowing that all the work you've put in through the whole year is just about to come to a close — and you share that experience with everyone else."
     
    — Owen Pence, Globe Correspondent
     
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/17/2017 11:34:12 AM
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  • Shihan Wijeyeratne, 23, from Richmond, VA, taking everything in before the Marathon in the Athletes' Village as the first runner off the bus

  • The official program for today's Boston Marathon.

    Globe Sports 4/17/2017 10:19:10 AM
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