View From The 2012 Boston Marathon Starting Line

Competitors in the wheelchair division at the start of the marathon. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Handcycle competitors cross the starting line. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia before the start of the Boston Marathon. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Women's elite runners shortly after starting the Boston Marathon. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Hands are raised after it was asked how many runners were participating in the marathon for the first time. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Boston Athletic Association volunteers during the singing of the national anthem. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Elite men's runners before the start of the 2012 Boston Marathon. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Men's runners cross the starting line at the marathon. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Javier Cruz gives a thumbs-up at the start of the race. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Manuel Cabral slaps hands with a spectator at the 2012 Boston Marathon. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Michael J. Nash, left, and Michael Markes at the start of their race. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Ashley R. French of San Francisco at the start of the Boston Marathon. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Participants gather at the starting line for the Boston Marathon. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
A runner bounds past the starting line of the 2012 Boston Marathon. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
A runner dressed as a hamburger on a roll at the Boston Marathon's start. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Charlie Sherman of Shrewsbury competes in the Boston Marathon with a toothbrush strapped to his back. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Roberto Scotti, 51, representing Italy at the 2012 Boston Marathon. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
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HOPKINTON, Mass. — Heat warnings couldn't keep thousands of participants away from the starting line in downtown Hopkinton Monday for the 116th Boston Marathon.

Runners were repeatedly warned that this was not the year to beat personal records on the 26.2 mile course because of temperatures that rose into the 80s by mid-morning. Over 4,000 of 26,716 entrants reportedly dropped out after the Boston Athletic Association allowed the option to defer entry until 2013

Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherpop finished first in the men's race and women's races, respectively. Both are ...
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