And they're off! Runners have begun their 26 mile race from Hopkinton to Boston. But runners on two legs aren't the only participants. This is the 40th anniversary of the wheelchair races.
n 1975, Boston became the first major road race in the world to recognize wheelchair participation. There was no prize money for first place. Monday's winner will receive $20,000 dollars. South African Ernst Van Dyk has won the race 10 times.
"Boston set the bar for all the other races on how to treat wheelchair athletes," said Van Dyk, "how to include them, how to give them equal exposure and incorporate them into the event like professional athlete."
In the women's race, Tatayana McFadden will be trying to win for the third straight year.
As in years past, Rhode Island runners are participating in this year’s Boston Marathon. Members of the Ronald McDonald House of Providence Running Club will make the 26-mile trek.
This year marks the second anniversary of the 2013 bombings, which killed three and injured hundreds more. Convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev now faces life in prison or the death penalty.