- Associated Press - Monday, April 21, 2014

HOPKINTON, Mass. (AP) - Boston marathon race director Dave McGillivray gave runners a pep talk just before the start of the men’s race.

He said it has been a long and difficult year, then told the runners, “we’re taking back the finish line.”

Twin bombs planted near last year’s finish line killed three people and injured more than 260.

In front of Marathon Sports, where the first bomb exploded last year, a huge crowd gathered in front of the store before it opened.

Desiree Guillory, of Houston, said she was at the marathon last year and heard the bombs explode. She said she returned to pay her respects.

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