The elite winners of the Boston Marathon take home the fame and prize money. For the 30,000 non-elite runners participating in this year's marathon, the glory comes in the accomplishment.

Shannon Dooling spent the day near the finish line, talking with some of those runners and their biggest fans.

This report comes from the New England News Collaborative: eight public media companies, including The Public's Radio, coming together to tell the story of a changing region, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.