Rain fell and clouds darkened the sky over Boston Monday as around 30,000 people hit the pavement for this year’s Boston Marathon. Photos from the 119th race show runners and spectators who appear unruffled by a little lousy weather.

Two years after the bombing that rattled the country and the world of competitive running, crowds once again lined the streets of Hopkinton, Massachusetts -- the starting point for the race -- and Boston to watch racers from all over the world compete for a top spot in the marathon. More than 80 percent of this year’s runners ran qualifying times to enter the race. Others represented charities, including some benefiting the victims of the 2013 bombing. Many runners said they were determined to honor those who died in 2013 at the hands of brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who detonated two homemade bombs near the finish line on Boylston Street.

Several survivors of the blasts returned this year to participate in the race. Rebekah Gregory, one of 16 victims to lose a limb in the bombing, ran the final 3.5 miles of the marathon Monday, her left leg replaced with a prosthetic one. 

In the end, it was Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa who took home the title of Boston Marathon’s fastest man and Caroline Rotich of Kenya who was the race’s top woman competitor. Delisa finished the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 17 seconds; Rotich completed the race in just under 2 hours and 25 minutes.

The 2013 Boston Marathon bombing killed three people and injured 260, though it failed to derail the annual event, has still meant extra precautions being taken on race day. "They've put up extra checkpoints, extra undercover and uniformed police, bomb-sniffing dogs and cameras everywhere,” NPR’s Tovia Smith reported. “But, officials say, at the same time they are trying to keep the open, festive feel of the marathon as it always has been for the million on so spectators who line the course to cheer on runners.”

Here are 11 inspiring photos from the 2015 Boston Marathon. 

marathon-1 Ejegayehu Dibaba of Ethiopia leads the pack at the start of the 2015 Boston Marathon. A field of 30,000 runners is set to line up for the 119th running of the world's oldest annual marathon. Photo: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

marathon-2 Bill Richard (right,) the father of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard, has a laugh with Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville, Maryland, the women’s wheelchair winner of the 119th Boston Marathon. Photo: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

marathon-3 Wellesley College students cheer on the runners during the 2015 Boston Marathon. Photo: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

marathon-4 Danthan Ritzenhein of Grand Rapids, Michigan smiles as he heads for the finish line for a 7th place finish in the 119th Boston Marathon. Photo: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

marathon-5 Runners make their way down the course of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, April 20, 2015. Photo: Reuters

marathon-6 Marcel Hug of Switzerland poses with his medal after winning the men's wheelchair division of the 119th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, April 20, 2015. Photo: Reuters

marathon-7 Caroline Rotich of Kenya lies on the pavement after beating Marae Dibaba (top) of Ethiopia to win the women's division of the Boston Marathon, April 20, 2015. Photo: Reuters

marathon-8 Tatyana McFadden of the United States crosses the finish line to win the women's wheelchair division of the 119th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, April 20, 2015. Photo: Reuters

marathon-9 Spectators greet runners as they start the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, April 20, 2015. Photo: Reuters

marathon-10 Ernst van Dyk of South Africa crosses the Boston Marathon start line in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, April 20, 2015. Photo: Reuters

marathon-11 A Boston police officer walks toward the finish line before the start of the 119th running of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, April 20, 2015. Photo: Reuters