A mild Monday greeted runners in the 2016 Boston Marathon, as thousands hit the streets in the 120th installment of the race.
The occasion once again brought out the race day rituals that make it a highlight of Bostonians’ calendars and the unofficial start to spring: from the scream tunnel kisses and high fives to the surreptitious drinking and cheeky signs about joggers moving faster than the T.
Three years after the attacks that disrupted that tradition and wounded so many, the “Boston Strong” slogan appears to still have staying power. There it was on countless T-shirts and signs again this year. A massive blue-and-yellow “Boston Strong” banner flapped in the wind at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Another one in paint greeted Marathoners on a Commonwealth Avenue overpass.
Crews from “Patriots Day,” the Mark Wahlberg movie depicting the events surrounding the bombings, were filming along the race route this year. Spectators spotted Wahlberg himself on race day surveying the crowds in his character’s Boston cop outfit.