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Boston Marathon held with tight security

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BOSTON -
A spirit that will not be broken: that's what 36,000 runners are demonstrating today as the 118th running of the Boston Marathon began amid heavy security.

A moment of silence preceded the start of the marathon in memory of the victims whose lives were changed one year ago when two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring 264.

American Meb Keflezighi won the men's division. Keflezighi is a former New York City Marathon champion and Olympic medalist. He ran the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to the finish on Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay on Monday in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds.
    
Keflezighi held off Wilson Chebet of Kenya who finished 11 seconds behind. The 38-year-old from San Diego looked over his shoulder several times over the final mile. After realizing he wouldn't be caught, he raised his sunglasses, began pumping his right fist and made the sign of the cross.
    
No U.S. runner had won the race since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach took the women's title in 1985; the last American man to win was Greg Meyer in 1983.

About 36,000 runners registered for the race - the second-largest field in its history.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said at the starting line in Hopkinton that officials are trying to keep a traditional family feel to the marathon while maintaining tight security.

More than 3,500 police officers, double from last year, will be along the route. 

More than 100 cameras have been set up in the Boston stretch alone, and authorities will watch the finish-line crowd from more than 50 "observation points."

"Certainly more significant than your average marathon. Obviously it holds a lot more meaning and a lot more significance," said Ian Fitch, runner.
"I think it shows the whole country coming together and standing up and saying, you know, we are going to run regardless," said Alison Dunn, runner.
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