Boston Marathon

The 2021 Boston Marathon in photos

From the misty morning to fall foliage and the sunny finish line, the 125th Boston Marathon was one to remember.

It’s been a historic Marathon Monday. For starters, runners got to enjoy Boston’s burgeoning fall foliage as they raced to the finish, but it was also a celebration of coming together after two years apart.

The 125th Boston Marathon had it all: joy, hardship, kisses, collapses, teamwork, and, above all, perseverance.

From the starting line to the final push, these photos show the range of what it means to experience the Boston Marathon.

Tylan Fletcher (L) kisses Jennifer Fletcher as they cross the finish line. – (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Gregorio Alegría, 48, from Medford, Oregon, crossing the finish line. – Matthew J Lee/Globe staff
Spectators cheer for runners near the finish line. – (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
Jodi Graham, 51 from Pinckney, Mich. taking a selfie after she crossed the finish line. – Matthew J Lee/Globe staff
Runners receive their medals after crossing the finish line. – (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
A runner leaps into the air as he crosses the finish line. – (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Dave Fortier pauses to kneel at the site of the Marathon bombing before crossing the finish line. – (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Trudy Regnier, 64, of Willis, Texas, crossing the finish line. – Matthew J Lee/Globe staff
Eric Fishman savors his achievement after crossing the finish line. – (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Helen Henkle Aguirre gets a hug from her support team after running the marathon. – (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Kathleen Taunton-Rigby, 40, and Jason Taunton-Rigby, 46, of Wayland, Mass., crossing the finish line. – Matthew J Lee/Globe staff
A couple shares a kiss as they cross the finish line. – (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Melissa Brewer cheers on runners while waiting for her best friend to pass by near the finish line. – (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)
Badia Eskandar leaps as she crosses the finish line. – (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Phoebe Matthews, (L) embraces Erica Gennaro after they finished the marathon. – (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
A runner hands back a child after crossing the finish line. – (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
A runner is helped across the finish line in a wheelchair. – (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Runners react after crossing the finish line. – Maddie Malhotra / Getty Images
Blue Benadum and Luis Carlos Rivero react after crossing the finish line. – Maddie Meyer / Getty Images
A runner knelt down to kiss the finish line. – Credit: Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe
Runners at the finish. – Allison Dinner / The New York Times
Runners near the finish line. – Maddie Malhotra / Getty Images
Wellesley College students cheer on the runners. – Suzanne Kreiter / The Boston Globe
A runner receives a blanket after finishing. – Maddie Meyer / Getty Images
Fatima Garduño reacts after crossing the finish line. – Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe
Martin McNish celebrates after crossing the finish line. – Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe
Karl Hebert of Canada reacts after crossing the finish line. – Credit: Maddie Malhotra / Getty Images
A runner reaches out to touch a sign along the course. – Hilary Swift / The New York Times
Spectators cheer on runners as they reach the top of Heartbreak Hill in Newton. – Erin Clark / The Boston Globe
Jeffrey Chalmers and Andre Travis cross the finish line. – Maddie Malhotra / Getty Images
Dana Bogan crosses the finish line. – Maddie Meyer / Getty Images
Rajesh Durbal of Palm Coast, Florida, raises his fist as he crosses the finish line. – Winslow Townson / AP
Women’s winner Diana Kipyogei of Kenya crests Heartbreak Hill. – Erin Clark / The Boston Globe
Men’s winner Benson Kipruto of Kenya runs ahead of the pack. – Steven Senne / AP
Marcel Hug and Manuela Schar pose after winning the men’s and women’s wheelchair races. – Maddie Meyer / Getty Images
Shalane Flanagan waits for the rolling start. – Mary Schwalm / AP
Masks are discarded at the starting line. – Mary Schwalm / AP
David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe
Runners head out from the starting line. – Mary Schwalm / AP
Race director Dave McGillivray looks on from the starting line. – Mary Schwalm / AP
Manuela Schar of Switzerland crosses the finish line to win the women’s wheelchair race. – Maddie Meyer / Getty Images
Men’s wheelchair racer Marcel Hug crosses the finish line to win. – Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe
A sign at the starting line. – David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe
Runners at the start. – David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe
Runners start their 26.2 mile trek to Boston. – David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe
The elite women start. – David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe
The elite men break from the starting line. – Mary Schwalm / AP
The women’s wheelchair start. – David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe
The men’s wheelchair start. – David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe
Volunteers have their photo taken on the starting line before the race. – David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe
Volunteers put the finishing touches on the timing mat at the starting line in Hopkinton. – Mary Schwalm / AP
The starting line in Hopkinton in the early morning hours. – David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe
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