BOSTON — A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. For further updates, visit http://bigstory.ap.org.
SILENCE TO NOISE: At 2:49 p.m. — the time the bombs exploded last year — a moment of remembrance was held on the course.
Near the site of the explosions, the silence was followed by the longest and most sustained cheer of the day. People screamed, whooped, whistled, clapped and rang cowbells.
— Michelle R. Smith — https://twitter.com/MRSmithAP
LIVE FROM THE COURSE: Bill Kole, AP's New England bureau chief, ran the marathon, tweeting from every mile. At Mile 25, he reported: "This is where police stopped the race last year. Nothing but a jubilant stream of humanity today."
Kole finished in 4 hours, 33 minutes, 37 seconds. His last tweet: "Everyone's screaming on Boylston Street. For all the right reasons. 36,000 sweaty, tearful, exuberant reasons."
— Bill Kole — https://twitter.com/billkole
MEB STRONG: Men's champion Meb Keflezighi said he kept thinking "Boston Strong, Boston Strong" as his lead dwindled over the final miles.
The American went out early and built a big lead. But he was looking over his shoulder several times as Wilson Chebet closed the gap.
Keflezighi completed the 26.2 miles in a personal-best 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds. Chebet finished 11 seconds behind.
"I'm blessed to be an American and God bless America and God bless Boston for this special day," Keflezighi said.
He sobbed as "The Star-Spangled Banner" played over Boylston Street.
— Pat Eaton-Robb — https://twitter.com/peatonrobb
HERE TO HELP: The Boston Public Health Commission has a drop-in counseling center available near Copley Square until 8 p.m. for anyone having trouble coping. There's also a phone hotline people can call. Boston-area hospitals have been offering free mental health services ever since the bombings.