BOSTON, Mass. (NBC, MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The 118th Boston Marathon is underway with some already finished.
36,000 people are participating, and many are doing it to honor those killed an injured when two bombs exploded at the finish line last year. NBC's Chris Pollone was at the starting line this morning.
Before the run began, there was moment of silence to remember the victims killed and injured a year ago. For some, this was their first time taking on the famed marathon course.
"It was on my bucket list.. it was one of those marathons that I always wanted to do." runner Ian Fitch said.
For others, it was chance to come back and prove the terrorists did not win.
"There's no fear at all. The terrorist lose, so it's gonna be a great race...can't wait," Sean Sheridan said.
Security was in full force with 3,500 law enforcement officers, nearly twice as many officers present from last year, and more than a hundred security cameras cover the entire route. But it's the 36,000 runners that are making the biggest statement against terrorism.
"I think it shows the whole country coming together and standing up and saying, you know.. we're gonna run regardless," runner Allison Dunn said.