Hopkinton once again played host to the start of the Boston Marathon, which returned to its traditional Patriots Day running for the first time since 2019.
A total of 25,314 athletes crossed the start line, representing all 50 United States and 120 countries.
On the 50th anniversary of the first official women’s division, the professional women’s race was the most exciting of the day, as Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir sprinted past Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh in the final quarter-mile to win by four seconds in a time of 2 hours, 21 minutes, 1 second.
Evans Chebet won the men’s race in 2:06:51.
The wheelchair divisions were won by American Daniel Romanchuk in 1:26:58 and Manuela Schär of Switzerland in 1:41:08.
Runners head down Grove Street toward the start after leaving the Athletes Village at the high school. PHOTO/JERRY SPAR
Two C-130 airplanes fly over the start line prior to the start of Wave 1. PHOTO/JERRY SPAR
Recently retired Police Officer Phil Powers prepares to start one of the waves. PHOTO/JERRY SPAR
Race announcer Jacques LeDuc watches the runners pass by. PHOTO/JERRY SPAR
Police Chief Joe Bennett monitors the action at the start line. PHOTO/JERRY SPAR
Hopkinton veterans Paul Culliton, Art Brooks and Ben Tomlin are honored prior to the start. PHOTO/JERRY SPAR
Runners from Illinois and Wisconsin check out the Hopkinton Independent while hanging out at the Calkins home before heading to the start line. PHOTO/LYN CALKINS
Information and souvenir booths line the Town Common. PHOTO/JERRY SPAR
Town Manager Norman Khumalo (left) talks to former Select Board Member Brian Herr. PHOTO/JERRY SPAR
Men’s wheelchair competitors start their race. PHOTO/JOHN CARDILLO
Handcycle athletes prepare for the start. PHOTO/JERRY SPAR
Para athletes embark on their 26.2-mile journey. PHOTO/JERRY SPAR
The professional women head for Boston. PHOTO/JERRY SPAR
Among the runners in Wave 1 was Hopkinton’s Alex Scott (6982). PHOTO/JERRY SPAR
Wave 1 runners line up for their start. PHOTO/JOHN CARDILLO
Sixth-grader Brendan Tedstone (left) high-fives a runner. PHOTO/JERRY SPAR
Runners head for Boston. PHOTO/JERRY SPAR
Keith Straw from Pennsylvania is known for running in a pink tutu, and he kept the tradition alive Monday. PHOTO/JOHN CARDILLO
Volunteers and Wave 4 runners congregate at the start line. PHOTO/JOHN CARDILLO
Winners Peres Jepchirchir and Evans Chebet pose near the finish line. VICTAH SAILER/PHOTO RUN/BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION