The 118th Boston marathon is underway, a year after terrorists set off bombs near the finish line. There are about 36,000 people running this year, it's the second largest field in the race's history, and security is tighter than ever.
Runners boarded buses to take them to the starting line of this year's Boston Marathon.
It's the first race since a pair of homemade bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and wounding hundreds.
Security is extra tight. Police are keeping a close eye on both the runners and the huge crowds.
William Evans, Boston Police Commissioner, said, “We have a lot more technology a lot more cameras we have a lot more undercover officers mixing in with the group.”
Nine thousand more people are running this year than last including many who were unable to finish because of the bombings, and others who were inspired to run because of the tragedy.
Peter Riddle is running his first marathon, saying he’s “very excited. Very excited. My butterflies are in my stomach.”
Last year, riddle was attending a charity event at the Forum Restaurant, and was just feet away from the second marathon bomb. His body survived the blast, but memories haunted him.
Riddle said, "since the bombing, i wasn't sleeping at all – i was only getting 3, maybe 4 hours a night."
He started running, which helped him heal. Now he’s looking forward to running past the forum today, in more ways than one, saying “It's going to be very emotional getting to this spot.//it's been a long road back since the bomb of last year."
26 year old bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev died following a shootout with police days after the attack. His 20 year old brother Dzhokhar has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.