The buzz has already begun on Boylston Street as the Boston Marathon is officially underway. Fans peppered the streets of the Back Bay early on this chilly morning to get a jump on the prime views of the finish line.
It was a brisk 45 degrees with a 17 mile-per-hour wind blowing down Boylston at 9:20, but temperatures are quickly on the rise.
"This is normal weather for us," said the head of the Croney family (right) that traveled from Cornwall, Ontario, to see 44-year-old Rick Croney run in his first Boston Marathon. "We got out here at 8 a.m. to get a good spot, and we hope to catch him as he crosses the line."
A couple of women from the Pittsburgh area met randomly on the street and locked into a good position to see their husbands finish the run.
"We just met by chance, and now I have a new friend," said Libby Prather (left) who came in from Meadville, Pa., to see 45-year-old Ross Prather turn the corner at Hereford Street.
Gail Stairs (right) from Greensburg, Pa., came in from Steeler country to see her husband, 57-year-old Roger Stairs, complete the course as a first-time qualifier.
"I've been wearing my Penguins shirt, and my Pirates hat all weekend, too," Stairs said. "But the people around here have been very nice."
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 15-time Boston qualifier who's completed 11 consecutive Boston Marathons and 23 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 12th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes