One year and six days removed from the bombing that rocked the city as well as the nation, the Boston Marathon makes its return on Monday morning in its 118th incarnation.
Responsible for three deaths and more than 260 injuries, the twin bomb attack that led to one of the biggest manhunts in U.S. history will still linger over the race, as a larger police presence is expected along the 26.2-mile route.
However, the attack has actually encouraged more runners to participate than last year. As previously reported, 17,600 runners finished last year’s trek before the bombings prevented another 5,600 from crossing the finish line.
This year more than 36,000 participants are expected to run, all starting from Main Street in Hopkinton to the finish at the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square. It will be the second-highest number of runners in the marathon’s history, with 1996 the only year better at 38,000.
Many celebrities will run this year for charity and to show support for last year’s bomb victims. New England Patriots legend and former linebacker Tedy Bruschi will run for “Tedy’s Team” which is raising funds for the American Stroke Association.
NBC “Today” co-host Natalie Morales will run for The One Fund and the Challenged Athletes Foundation to raise funds for victims of the bombing. And former “New Kid On The Block” and solo pop artist Joey McIntyre will run for the Alzheimer’s Association, according to Boston.com.
Wheelchair men and women participants will start the race at 9:17 a.m. EST, followed by lead women at 9:32 a.m. and lead men at 10 a.m.
At start time, the weather forecast calls for a temperature of 45-degrees and will rise as high as 62-degrees during the race.
TV Channel: Boston’s local CBS affiliate WBZ-TV will broadcast the race. Pre-race coverage begins at 7 a.m. with race coverage scheduled at 9 a.m.