Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, center, breaks from the start with Galen Rupp, as they lead the men's elite runners from the line at the start of the 2017 Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass., Monday, April 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
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The race has largely returned to normal four years after two bombs at the finish line in 2013 killed three people and wounded hundreds more.Keflezighi, whose emotional victory the year after the finish line bombings was the first for an American man in three decades, says he is running Boston for the last time.A four-time Olympian who earned a silver medal in Athens in 2004 and won the 2009 New York City Marathon – both times also ending long American droughts – Keflezighi's 2014 win in Boston is one of the signature moments in the race's century-old history.Atsede Baysa is back to defend her women's title, but she will be joined in the field by another returning winner fresh off a Boston victory.Buzunesh Deba was anointed the 2014 Boston champion in December – more than two years after the race – when Rita Jeptoo was stripped of the title for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Guiding Eyes for the Blind CEO Thomas Panek, who will be running Boston, visited the finish line with two other puppies on Sunday – these were a few weeks old already – and attracted a lot of attention .
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