12 must-see moments from the 2017 Boston Marathon

Inspiring finish line moments and Heartbreak Hill beers, all in one place.

Jose Luis Sanchez crosses the finish line of the 121st Boston Marathon. —Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

From Meb Keflezighi’s emotional farewell to Kathrine Switzer’s finish 50 years after making history, the 121st running of the Boston Marathon delivered dozens of must-see moments.

The elite competition brought drama and a new array of American runners. And in the thousands of individual moments that occurred throughout the day, the marathon again showcased Boston at its finest.

While it’s impossible to capture all of Marathon Monday’s highlights, here’s a look at a few of them:

Marcel Hug out-duels Ernst van Dyk to win his third straight men’s wheelchair title:

And in the women’s wheelchair race, Hug’s fellow Swiss racer, Manuela Schar, set a world’s best mark of 1:28:17:

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Edna Kiplagat, who at 37 years old became the second oldest women’s winner in Boston Marathon history, was greeted by her children at the finish line. They stole the show:

Running in her first marathon, 25-year-old American Jordan Hasay placed third. In the aftermath, she became emotional as she recalled her late mother:

After closing out his Boston Marathon career, Meb Keflezighi bowed to the crowd and embraced the family of Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard:

Marc Fucarile, who lost a leg in the 2013 Marathon bombing, finished the race on a handcycle:

Jose Luis Sanchez, a U.S. Marine who lost the lower part of his left leg while serving in Afghanistan, ran the marathon holding an American flag:

When Jake Mogan was having trouble finishing the race, fellow runners and two servicemen carried him across the finish line. The moment was captured on video by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker:

Former NHL player and Massachusetts native Bobby Carpenter pushed former NWHLer Denna Laing to help raise money for a nonprofit bettering the lives of those affected by spinal cord injuries:

Kathrine Switzer, who became the first woman with an official number to run the Boston Marathon in 1967, repeated her run 50 years later:

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 While trekking up Heartbreak Hill, one runner casually told a reporter that she was enjoying a beer in the middle of her marathon:

And toward the end of the day, Earl Granville, a veteran who lost his left leg while serving in Afghanistan in 2008, picked up a friend and carried her—while she held an American flag—across the finish line: