Lonely Planet Writer

30,000 runners take part in Boston's 116th marathon two years after tragedy

Marathon runners at a previous Boston Marathon.
Marathon runners at a previous Boston Marathon. Image by Danielle Walquist Lynch / CC BY 2.0

Around 30,000 runners took to the streets of Boston today (Monday) for the 116th Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual marathon. On the minds of all runners and attendees will no doubt be the ongoing trial of marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who was convicted on all 30 counts and awaits the penalty phase of his trial which begins Tuesday. This is the second race to take place since the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013 when two bombs were detonated near the finish line, killing three people and injuring around 264 others. Since 2013 the number of participants in the marathon has swelled from 27,000 to 30,000 runners. Read more: usatoday.com