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2010 Boston Marathon

They start off in waves. Mobility-impaired athletes first, followed by wheelchairs, and then the elites. Finally the masses of everyone else clog the streets from tiny Hopkinton (population 12,628 as of the 2000 census) all the way to the finish in front of the Boston Public Library on Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay. A great, sweaty, conga line of suffering, celebrating humanity. In the 114th running of the Boston Marathon, Robert Cheruiyot set a new course record in the men's race, but ultimately what's important is the bond formed between runners, spectators, and the towns along the route. ( 21 photos total)

Payton, owned by Randi Potash, looks tired just watching the Boston Marathon in Newton April 19. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

A runner rests before the race in the Athlete's Village in Hopkinton. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff) #

Volunteers with the Red Cross, Kim Binsfield (left) and Bill Wormwald get the all-important latrines into position in Wellesley. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff) #

The family of Scott Russell (kneeling) has built a stationary viewing float every year for the past 16 years in Natick. This year's theme is Bourbon Street Mardi Gras. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff) #

Runners cross the start line in Hopkinton. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) #

Bates College student Lila Totino perches in a tree in Hopkinton for a better race view. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff) #

Wellesley College student Lee Ung waits for kisses from runners in Wellesley. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff) #

Students at Wellesley College encourage runners. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff) #

Empty cups litter the road in Wellesley. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) #

Bystanders and police rush to aid a runner who suffered a heart attack during the race. (Steve McLaughlin) #

Vangeli Vargas (left) and Haleigh Paul cheer runners on Heartbreak Hill in Newton. (John Blanding/Globe Staff) #

Robert Cheruiyot (left) and Deriba Merga duel on Heartbreak Hill in Newton. (John Blanding/Globe Staff) #

Women's wheelchair winner Wakako Tsuchida of Japan celebrates her victory. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff) #

Ernst Van Dyk (left), the winner of the men's wheelchair division, celebrates with the second place finisher Krige Schabort. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) #

Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia breaks the tape to take the women's race. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff) #

Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya runs alone for the last two miles to win the men's division. (Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff) #

Runners stream down Boylston Street to the finish in Boston's Back Bay. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff) #

An excited runner leaps toward the finish. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) #

Tetsutomo Iizuka of Tokyo is a mighty Minnie Mouse as he crosses the finish line. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff) #

Cups runneth over at the finish line as costumed runners enliven the race. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) #

Michael Arnstein of New York City reacts after crossing the finish line. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye) #



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I think 21 will be like me when I cross the finish in London on Sunday 25th April. Brilliant photos once again. Thank you.

Posted by Mike Rossiter, Cardiff, Wales April 21, 10 12:39 PM
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Great Pictures, Happy that you mad ethem available to us (the readers). Awesome.

Posted by Derek April 21, 10 05:44 PM
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Great photos Best marathon in the world - Best organised and the best spectators! Thank you Boston!

Posted by John Young April 25, 10 09:30 AM
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