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Thousands run first Boston Marathon after deadly bombings

Shalane Flanagan leads Buzunesh Deba, of Ethiopia, and Mare Dibaba, of Ethiopia, and the elite pack past Wellesley College during the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Mary Schwalm

Thousands of runners returned to run the Boston marathon on Monday, the target of the devastating bombing last April.

With extra security measures in place, runners laced up and took to the streets of Boston.

The race marks a milestone: it’s been one year after three people were killed and more than 200 wounded when a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line.

This year, there was revamped security along the course with 3,500 law enforcement personnel ensuring the safety of runners and an estimated 1-million spectators.

“We’re going to put a lot more officers in the crowd. You know, years past, we’ve had them inside the barriers. We never thought someone would go to the extreme they went last year and destroying our city and our marathon so we kind of adjust some of the logistics and put more cameras out there,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said.

About 36,000 runners registered for this year’s race.

Organizers expanded the participant cap to accommodate the 5,000 athletes who were still on the course during last year’s attack and unable to finish.