Photos: American Man Meb Keflezighi Wins Boston Marathon

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Boston Strong. Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images

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:

A moment of silence. Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images
Security. Photo: Jared Wickerham/2014 Getty Images
Runners prep. Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images
A police officer stands amid runners getting ready. Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images
And they're off. Photo: Boston Globe/2014 - The Boston Globe
The Elite Women's division starts. Photo: Alex Trautwig/2014 Getty Images
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People cheer as Meb Keflezighi wins. Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images
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Photo: Jared Wickerham/2014 Getty Images
Keflezighi, for the win. Photo: Jared Wickerham/2014 Getty Images
Meb Keflezighi celebrates. Photo: Jim Rogash/2014 Getty Images