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HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 20: Elite men leave the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass. of the the 119th Boston Marathon. (Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Caroline Rotich of Kenya celebrates after winning the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopa celebrates after winning the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: (L-R) Caroline Rotich of Kenya, Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia, and Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia run during the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Caroline Rotich of Kenya celebrates after winning the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Caroline Rotich of Kenya, left, and Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia race down Boylston Street during the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Rotich won the marathon with a time of 2:24:55. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopa (L) and Caroline Rotich of Kenya celebrate after winning the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopa celebrates after winning the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 20: Blaise Brennan, of Millersville, Maryland gets a souvenir photo at the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass. before the 119th Boston Marathon. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 20: Elite women leave the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass. of the the 119th Boston Marathon. (Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 20: Runners roam the Athlete's Village at the Athlete's Village at the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass. before the 119th Boston Marathon. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 20: A group from Wayzata, Minnesota takes a souvenir picture in the Athlete's Village at the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass. before the 119th Boston Marathon. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 20: Race security personnel gather in the drizzle at the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass. of the the 119th Boston Marathon. (Globe staff / Bill Greene)
Runners cross the start line in the women's division of Boston Marathon Monday, April 20, 2015 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Runners cross the start line in the women's division of Boston Marathon Monday, April 20, 2015 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Runners cross the start line in the women's division of Boston Marathon Monday, April 20, 2015 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Explosive ordnance disposal officers walk near the finish line before the start of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 20, 2015 in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Police patrol the starting area in Boston Common before the B.A.A. 5k on April 18, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Runners gather in Boston Common before the B.A.A. 5k on April 18, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Police patrol the starting line before the B.A.A. 5k on April 18, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Ben True of the United States wins the B.A.A. 5k on April 18, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 15: On the second anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, survivors Jeff Bauman, left, and Patrick Downes, right, threw out ceremonial first pitches before the game. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Washington Nationals in an MLB regular season baseball game at Fenway Park. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Gisele Schaaf, a runner from Long Beach, Calif., poses for a personal photo at the finish line, a day ahead of running in the 119th Boston Marathon, Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Boston, Mass. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Runners in the girls scholastic mile compete as part of Boston Marathon weekend activities in Boston, Saturday, April 18, 2015. The 119th Boston Marathon will be run on Monday. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Yaniv Kotcr, a runner from Boston, Mass., poses with his daughter, Noam, 2, at the finish line on Sunday, April 19, 2015, a day ahead of the 119th Boston Marathon in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Ben True celebrates after winning the Boston Marathon 5k in Boston, Saturday, April 18, 2015. The 119th Boston Marathon will be run on Monday. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 20: Rich Vaillant, of Shrewsbury, gets a nap in under the tent in the Athlete's Village at the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass. before the 119th Boston Marathon. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: A banner hangs near the finish line before the start of the running of the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Competitors leave the start line in the women's wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 20, 2015 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 20: Information booth volunteers dance in place to Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' to stay warm, before the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass. Left to right are Tom Regan, wife Judi Regan and Jen Brooks. The 119th Boston Marathon is run on Monday, April 20, 2015. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WELLESLEY, MA - APRIL 20: Wellesley College student Maria Castano gets the scream tunnel ready. Getting ready for the the 119th Boston Marathon. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WELLESLEY, MA - APRIL 20: Ashley Wilson, 16, even with a torn ACL, is a volunteer spotter along the route. Getting ready for the the 119th Boston Marathon. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Police flank an explosive ordnance disposal officer, second from left, as they patrol past the site of the first 2013 bombing site before the start of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 20, 2015 in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Competitors leave the start line in the women's wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 20, 2015 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Spectators pass through a security checkpoint near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 20, 2015 in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: People have their bags checked at a checkpoint along Commonwealth Avenue as the Boston Marathon prepares to get underway April 20, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. This is the 119th running of the Boston Marathon. Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
Boston Marathon runners wait to board shuttle buses in Boston to the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass., Monday, April 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 20: Men's wheelchair division leave the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass. of the the 119th Boston Marathon. (Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 20: Runners stay warm with foil blankets under a tent at the Athlete's Village at the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass. before the 119th Boston Marathon. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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11:15 a.m.:

American Tatyana McFadden has won her third straight women's wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon.

McFadden rolled down Boylston Street to finish in an unofficial 1 hour, 52 minutes, 54 seconds.

McFadden wore a singlet in memory of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who was killed in the 2013 finish line bombing.

McFadden, 25, is a four-time Paralympian and also the reigning champion of the Chicago, New York City and London marathons. She also finished second in the 1 kilometer Nordic skiing sprint in the 2014 Paralympics.

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10:45 a.m.:

The fastest man in the Boston Marathon field, Kenya's Patrick Makau, has dropped out.

Makau ended his race shortly after the 5-kilometer checkpoint. It wasn't clear why he dropped out.

The Kenyan's personal best of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 38 seconds made him one of the biggest threats to defending champion Meb Keflezighi's hopes of repeating Monday.

Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men's wheelchair race.

It took him 1:29:53 for his first Boston win. The 28-year-old finished fourth last year.

Hug deprived Ernst Van Dyk of his 11th Boston Marathon victory. He's already the most decorated Boston competitor with 10 titles.

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10 a.m.:

Defending champion Meb Keflezighi and the other elite men have started the Boston Marathon.

Keflezighi's victory last year, the first after the deadly bombings, was the first by an American since 1983.

His fastest rival in Monday's 119th edition of the race is Kenya's Patrick Makau, whose personal best is 2 hours, 3 minutes, 38 seconds.

Lelisa Desisa, who won the 2013 Boston and then donated his winner's medal to the city after the bombings near the finish, is one of four Ethiopians who have completed a marathon in under 2:05.

The 2012 winner, Wesley Korir, also is in the field.

Making his Boston debut is American Dathan Ritzenhein, who ran 2:07:47 in Chicago in 2012.

The first of three waves of 10,000 runners each went off with the elite men.

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9:35 a.m.:

The elite women are off in the Boston Marathon, and Americans are pinning their hopes on Shalane Flanagan to break a 30-year drought for the olive wreath.

Flanagan was seventh last year and fourth in 2013. She was third in last year's Berlin Marathon in a personal best of 2 hours, 21 minutes, 14 seconds.

American Desiree Linden also is a threat. Linden was 10th last year and missed winning in 2011 by two seconds.

Both face formidable competition Monday. The women's field includes two former Boston champions - Sharon Cherop from 2012 and fellow Kenyan Caroline Kilel from 2011. Also running is last year's runner-up, Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia.

The last U.S. women's victory was by Lisa Weidenbach in 1985.

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8:50 a.m.:

Rain has started falling at the Boston Marathon starting line, and forecasters warn that it will be a soggy race for the 30,000 runners and 1 million spectators.

David Parkinson of New York City is running his sixth consecutive Boston. The 29-year-old was sheltering under a tent, sitting on trash bags and swaddled in blankets to keep warm.

In a sign of enhanced security two years after terrorist bombings killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others, runners and others were being scanned with a metal-detecting wand at the start in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

Monday's 119th running of the Boston Marathon began with a special start for mobility-impaired participants. Push rim wheelchairs start at 9:17 a.m., and the elite women set off at 9:32 a.m. The elite men and the first of three waves of runners start at 10 a.m.

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8:20 a.m.:

Boston Marathon runners are arriving at the athletes village in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and security is tight for the 119th running of the venerable race.

Police are patrolling the area with bomb-sniffing dogs. Authorities say more than 3,000 officers - uniformed and undercover - have been deployed for Monday's marathon.

It's the second edition since terrorist bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the finish line in 2013.

Among those waiting for the start of the 26.2-mile race was Jessica Colindres, a Guatemala native who lives in Massachusetts and was stopped less than a mile from the finish in 2013 when police closed the course.

She says her goal is a "happy, healthy and safe" race.

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