In contrast to the chaos that enveloped the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, the last stretch of the race this year was punctuated by celebration.
Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in last year's bombings, cheered on runners from the stands with his fiancee, Erin Hurley.
"It feels great" to be back, he told The Associated Press. "I feel very safe."
Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky were newlyweds when they each lost a leg while watching last year's Marathon from the sidelines. This year, they were part of the race.