Following the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, this year's race felt all the more special to those running, to the city of Boston, and to people around the world who were moved and affected by the 2013 tragedy. Supporters flocked to the area to cheer on participants, holding up signs and applauding the 36,000 runners participating in the marathon. Among those in the enthusiastic crowd were several Boston Marathon bombing survivors, whose inspiring stories have captured hope in the wake of an awful tragedy. Some survivors participated in the race, including Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who cheered as she crossed the finish line with her loved ones. Two other survivors, Rebekah Gregory and Pete DiMartino, recently wed, and this year, Pete ran the race once again, this time pushing Rebekah's wheelchair so the pair could find closure. Pete told Glamour, "It'll take some of the strain off my legs. Together we're both stronger."
This year's Boston Marathon men's winner, Meb Keflezighi, crossed the finish line with the names of the Boston bombing victims written on his bib. He said they carried him through, adding, "It's not just about me — Boston Strong." As the world roots for Boston and this year's runners, get a glimpse into our editors' experience at the race, then take a look at the most inspiring pictures from the 2014 Boston Marathon.