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Boston Marathon - Triumph over Terror

BOSTON  --  The Boston Marathon returned to the streets Boston today.
This 118th Edition of the classic contest is underway right now.

The last wave of runners took off about 40 minutes ago.
The final racers should be crossing the finishline any moment now.
   
This year the marathon has become so much more than a sporting event.
After last year's terror bombings that killed three and wounded more than two hundred --  the heart of the whole city has gone into making this a victory lap for boston.
   
ABC's Tahman Bradley is there and has more.
Before the race a moment of silence to remember the victims of last year's attack.
 
And then Boston's triumph over terror, 36,000 runners setting out for the 26.2 mile marathon.

Because of the loss of life ((names of victims)).// this marathon is about as much as supporting those families that lost loved ones.
 
Back this year, some of the survivors from that fateful day. They're running with six Massachusetts General Nurses.  All of whom treated victims.
 
It's going to be very emotional. The emotions just within the last week have quadrupled

Organizers prepped for a million spectators this year  double the usual turnout.

The security is extraordinary.
More than 100 cameras along the marathon route monitored at a special underground high-tech center.
 
Above ground, 4,000 police officers, 500 of them undercover. For Boston, today is a celebration of the city's resilience. These two brothers JP and Paul Norden each lost a leg in the attack. But even after 50 surgeries between them, they both say they have a new outlook on life.

JP Norden:  I feel like we're more positive people now than we were a year ago.

Paul Norden:  I'm just very happy now like, before I woulda said I was maybe, like, just content.  But now I'm, like, happy.
 
So far, we haven't heard any reports of security problems. Officials remain on alert for any copycats - someone trying to attack the route like last year.

Tahman Bradley, ABC News, Boston.