BOSTON (AP) — A large police presence greeted runners and spectators filtering in Monday morning for the Boston Marathon, a year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.
By Scott Malone and Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - Some 36,000 athletes will run in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday in the first running of the race since last year's bombing attack, with top ranked Kenyan and Ethiopian runners among the second-largest field in the race's history. Racers faced new security restrictions at the event, a reaction to the attack that killed three people and injured 264 when, authorities say, two ethnic Chechen brothers dropped homemade explosives in backpacks at the finish line. Thousands of runners gathered at a park in downtown Boston before the race, preparing to board buses that would take them to the race's start line in Hopkinton, 26.2 miles west of Boston. Track coach Robert Hollis, who had traveled from New Jersey for the race, admitted to some security worries.