BOSTON, Ma. - For many runners, emotion was the fuel for their competitive fire, but the competitive nature was put on the back burner as runners came together to take back the finish line one year after the Boston bombings.
"I had tears in my eyes as I was coming down Boylston Street. Every year I say I've never seen anything like it but I've truly never seen anything like it., Truly incredible," Allentown's Allison Fiorini said.
She was one of 36,000 runners who ran to be "Boston Strong."
"A lot of people really emotional. Especially when you hit Boston, there are signs that say Boston," she went on to say.
That emotion not only surfaced on the streets, but was celebrated in crowds, as this was the first Boston Marathon since two bombs rocked the finish line last year.
That tragic scene wasn't lost on Macungie's Kari Braido.
"When I turned the corner and saw the finish line and got to the stands I did think about last year and it helped get me through those last 30 seconds," she said.
Tributes could be seen throughout the city and near the site of the bombings.
While the race was heavy with emotion, it was also saddled with security.
Bomb sniffing dogs, cops on every corner and security checkpoints were all mixed into this marathon day's fabric.
A day running superstar and Center Valley resident Bart Yasso called the the most significant in the history of the sport.
"Not so much about watching your time but being with the community and enjoying the day," he said.
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