A year after twin bombs rocked the Boston Marathon, thousands of runners took back the finish line Monday.
While the race couldn't erase what happened last year, it certainly honored those who were killed or injured.
"Persistence. We as Americans, nothing stops us from doing what we want to do in life," said Rick Garb, an Allentown school teacher who was participating in his third Boston Marathon.
It was easily the theme for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.
"Not really about the runners. It's more about the community and stuff like that," Garb said.
From start to finish at Copley Square, fans packed the streets of Boston, but through the reverie there was also remembrance.
"People just visibly sobbing. I can't tell you the emotion here." said Bart Yasso, chief running officer of "Runner's World Magazine."
Yasso said it was the most significant race in American running.
"The attention people are paying to this race all over the world, everybody wants to see a peaceful celebration today," Yasso said.
It was just a year ago when two bombs rocked the finish line, killing three people and injuring hundreds more.
Security was tight, with police officers gathered on every corner and bomb-sniffing dogs roaming the streets. Also, for the first time, a security checkpoint was needed to get near the finish line.
The motto of this year's race was "we run together," and as the race showed the celebration of life was the big winner.