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Ninety-nine percent of runners finish 'epic' race

Nearly the entire field of the 118th Boston Marathon completed Monday's race, the Boston Athletic Association said Tuesday at a post-race news conference.

2014 Boston marathon men's The elite men's field of the 2014 Boston Marathon begins in Hopkinton, Mass. Monday. Credit: Getty Images

Nearly the entire field of the 118th Boston Marathon completed Monday's race, the Boston Athletic Association said Tuesday at a post-race news conference.

The association reported that 99 percent of the 32,408 runners who took off from Hopkinton crossed the Boylston Street finish line.

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“One word I have to describe it all – epic,” said race director Dave McGillivray said .

“What we do here in Boston, and how [Monday's] race was played out, will set the stage for every other road race, maybe every other event, in the country and in the world. And thank God everything went so well."

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McGillivray said more than one million spectators turned out along the 26.2 mile course, and several million more followed the race around the world

"We will never see this again, this was a race for the ages for sure," he said.

More than 3,760 runners were treated along the course, according to BAA Medical Director Chris Troyanos. Ninety-two runners were taken to area hospitals, and 20 were kept overnight.

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