Photos: American Man Meb Keflezighi Wins Boston Marathon

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Thirty-eight-year-old Meb Keflezighi became the first male U.S. runner since 1983 to win the Boston Marathon today, with a time of 2 hours 8 minutes and 37 seconds, while Kenya's Rita Jeptoo, 33, defended her title on the women's side. More than 35,000 others participated in the annual run — 9,000 more than last year, when two bombs killed three people and injured more than 250.

"Take back that finish line!" yelled the race's announcer this morning as the sun shone down on a mix of memorial tributes and pure, adrenaline-fueled joy.

And then they did:

HOPKINGTON, MA - APRIL 21:  People bow their heads during a moment of silence prior to the start of the Boston Marathon  on April 21, 2014 in Hopkington, Massachusetts. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
HOPKINGTON, MA - APRIL 21: People bow their heads during a moment of silence prior to the start of the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Hopkington, Massachusetts. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Boston Police officers patrol a rooftop along Boylston Street near the finish line during the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Boston Police officers patrol a rooftop along Boylston Street near the finish line during the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Photo: Jared Wickerham/2014 Getty Images
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21:  Runners get ready to run the Boston Marathon in the Boston Commons on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Runners get ready to run the Boston Marathon in the Boston Commons on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21:  A police officer stands amidst runners getting ready to run the Boston Marathon in the Boston Commons on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: A police officer stands amidst runners getting ready to run the Boston Marathon in the Boston Commons on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images
HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 21: Runners begin the race in Hopkinton at the start of the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014. Spectators cheer and wave Boston Strong flags as runners pass by in a blur, as the photographer's slow shutter speed shows their motion. (Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 21: Runners begin the race in Hopkinton at the start of the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014. Spectators cheer and wave Boston Strong flags as runners pass by in a blur, as the photographer's slow shutter speed shows their motion. (Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Photo: Boston Globe/2014 - The Boston Globe
HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 21:  The Elite Women's division starts the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 21: The Elite Women's division starts the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images) Photo: Alex Trautwig/2014 Getty Images
BOSTON - APRIL 21: Buzunesh Deba, of Ethiopia, looks over her shoulder on the home stretch of Boylston Street as she came in for a second-place finish in the women's race of the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014. (Photo by Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 21: Buzunesh Deba, of Ethiopia, looks over her shoulder on the home stretch of Boylston Street as she came in for a second-place finish in the women's race of the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014. (Photo by Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Photo: Boston Globe/2014 - The Boston Globe
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21:  People cheer as Meb Keflezighi, an American, wins the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: People cheer as Meb Keflezighi, an American, wins the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images
BOSTON - APRIL 21: Tatyana McFadden, of the United States, poses for photographers at the finish line after winning the women's wheelchair division of the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 21: Tatyana McFadden, of the United States, poses for photographers at the finish line after winning the women's wheelchair division of the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Photo: Boston Globe/2014 - The Boston Globe
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line in first place in the women's division with an official time of 2:28:57 during the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line in first place in the women's division with an official time of 2:28:57 during the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Photo: Jared Wickerham/2014 Getty Images
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21:  Meb Keflezighi of the United States reacts after coming in first place in the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Meb becomes the first American winner of the Boston Marathon since 1983. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Meb Keflezighi of the United States reacts after coming in first place in the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Meb becomes the first American winner of the Boston Marathon since 1983. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Photo: Jared Wickerham/2014 Getty Images
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21:  Meb Keflezighi of the United States celebrates with the tophy after winning the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Meb Keflezighi of the United States celebrates with the tophy after winning the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Photo: Jim Rogash/2014 Getty Images