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'We endure. We overcome. And we own the finish line': Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed came together Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing with solemn ceremonies.

“This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong,” former Mayor Thomas Menino told an invitation-only audience of about 2,500 people gathered at the Hynes Convention Center, not far from the marathon finish line where three people died and more than 260 others were injured a year ago. (Photos: Charles Krupa/The Associated Press, Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Sunday’s London Marathon had a reported 36,000 runners, from fun-runners to the world’s elite. World record-holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya won the men’s London Marathon in a course record two hours, four minutes and 29 seconds. (Photos: Tom Dulat/Getty Images, Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

In this April 14, 2013 photo, marathon runners pass by a long row of North Korean soldiers as they cross a bridge in Pyongyang as North Korea hosts the 26th Mangyongdae Prize Marathon to mark the birthday of the late leader Kim Il-sung on April 15. (Photo: David Guttenfelder/The Associated Press)For the first time ever, North Korea is opening up the streets of its capital to runner-tourists for the annual Pyongyang marathon, undoubtedly one of the most exotic feathers in any runner’s cap.Tourism companies say they are getting inundated by requests to sign up for the April 13 event, which this year will include amateur runners from around the world. The race includes a full marathon — with a handful of world-class, invitation-only athletes — a half marathon and a 10-kilometre run.The opening of the race to recreational runners is in keeping with the North’s ongoing, but sometimes sporadic, effort to earn cash revenue by boosting tourism, usually with well-orchestrated group tours to major arts performances or attractions the North wants to show off.

In this April 14, 2013 photo, marathon runners pass by a long row of North Korean soldiers as they cross a bridge in Pyongyang as North Korea hosts the 26th Mangyongdae Prize Marathon to mark the birthday of the late leader Kim Il-sung on April 15. (Photo: David Guttenfelder/The Associated Press)

For the first time ever, North Korea is opening up the streets of its capital to runner-tourists for the annual Pyongyang marathon, undoubtedly one of the most exotic feathers in any runner’s cap.

Tourism companies say they are getting inundated by requests to sign up for the April 13 event, which this year will include amateur runners from around the world. The race includes a full marathon — with a handful of world-class, invitation-only athletes — a half marathon and a 10-kilometre run.

The opening of the race to recreational runners is in keeping with the North’s ongoing, but sometimes sporadic, effort to earn cash revenue by boosting tourism, usually with well-orchestrated group tours to major arts performances or attractions the North wants to show off.

Almost up and running: Eric House lifts off a BAA logo stencil while applying a fresh coat of paint to the  Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street in Boston, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The 118th running of the Boston Marathon is scheduled for April 21, 2014. (Photo: Stephan Savoia/The Associated Press)

Almost up and running: Eric House lifts off a BAA logo stencil while applying a fresh coat of paint to the  Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street in Boston, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The 118th running of the Boston Marathon is scheduled for April 21, 2014. (Photo: Stephan Savoia/The Associated Press)

Participants run during a marathon organized to mark the birthday of late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in Allahabad on November 19, 2013. Indira Gandhi was India’s prime minister from 1966-77 and from 1980-1984. (Photo: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

Participants run during a marathon organized to mark the birthday of late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in Allahabad on November 19, 2013. Indira Gandhi was India’s prime minister from 1966-77 and from 1980-1984. (Photo: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

The New York City Marathon returned after a one-year absence with big crowds, heightened security and a familiar champion.

Geoffrey Mutai successfully defended his title Sunday, while fellow Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo came from behind to win the women’s race. Bronx resident Buzunesh Deba finished runner-up for the second straight time in her hometown event.

Fans again packed the 26.2-mile course, undaunted by the events of the past year. The 2012 NYC Marathon was cancelled because of the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, but not before many New Yorkers were enraged by initial plans to hold the race.

After the bombings at April’s Boston Marathon, bomb-sniffing dogs roamed the course, and barricades limited access points to Central Park. A record 50,740 runners started the race through the five boroughs. (Photos: Kathy Kmonicek/The Associated Press, Seth Wenig/The Associated Press)

Lanni Marchant was taking her first steps when Oshawa, Ont., native Sylvia Ruegger set Canada’s record time in the women’s marathon in 1985.On Sunday, the 28-year-old took that mark and beat it.Marchant set the new Canadian record at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon with a time of two hours 28 minutes, besting Ruegger’s mark of 2:28:36. Krista DuChene of Brantford, Ont., crossed the finish line 32 seconds after her Canadian teammate, clocking in at 2:28:32 to also beat Ruegger’s time.“The day was perfect. Both Krista and I ran perfect. I am ecstatic right now,” Marchant said after the race. “I think Sylvia Ruegger was ready for Canadian women to take that jump and set a new record.” (Photo: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

Lanni Marchant was taking her first steps when Oshawa, Ont., native Sylvia Ruegger set Canada’s record time in the women’s marathon in 1985.

On Sunday, the 28-year-old took that mark and beat it.

Marchant set the new Canadian record at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon with a time of two hours 28 minutes, besting Ruegger’s mark of 2:28:36. Krista DuChene of Brantford, Ont., crossed the finish line 32 seconds after her Canadian teammate, clocking in at 2:28:32 to also beat Ruegger’s time.

“The day was perfect. Both Krista and I ran perfect. I am ecstatic right now,” Marchant said after the race. “I think Sylvia Ruegger was ready for Canadian women to take that jump and set a new record.” (Photo: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

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Photo-bombing the world marathon record — As Wilson Kipsang, right, from Kenya approached the finish line, an unidentified participant, left, jumped from the crowd and broke the tape just ahead of the winner, stunning the organizers and security at the 40th Berlin Marathon in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Kipsang set a new world record of 2h 3min 23sec. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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Photo-bombing the world marathon record — As Wilson Kipsang, right, from Kenya approached the finish line, an unidentified participant, left, jumped from the crowd and broke the tape just ahead of the winner, stunning the organizers and security at the 40th Berlin Marathon in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Kipsang set a new world record of 2h 3min 23sec. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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Canadian runner accidentally runs full marathon instead of half marathon, wins race anyway
Meredith Fitzmaurice never dreamed she’d win Sunday’s Run for Heroes Marathon in Amherstburg, Ont.
Especially since the Belle River, Ont., runner planned to run the half-marathon and not the full 26.2-mile race. But a wrong turn sent her onto the marathon course.
“I just run with my watch, so I was watching my time since I planned to do my half in under 1:28,” she said. “I was doing the race as training for my first full marathon in Detroit. But I’m looking at the time and wondering where the finish line is.”
Fitzmaurice, 34, asked one of the bike officials on the course where the turn was for the half-marathon, although she admits by that point she pretty much figured out what she had done.
“Once I realized what I had done, I figured, well I’ll just run 20 miles and use it as a long run and call it a day,” she said. (Photo: DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

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Canadian runner accidentally runs full marathon instead of half marathon, wins race anyway

Meredith Fitzmaurice never dreamed she’d win Sunday’s Run for Heroes Marathon in Amherstburg, Ont.

Especially since the Belle River, Ont., runner planned to run the half-marathon and not the full 26.2-mile race. But a wrong turn sent her onto the marathon course.

“I just run with my watch, so I was watching my time since I planned to do my half in under 1:28,” she said. “I was doing the race as training for my first full marathon in Detroit. But I’m looking at the time and wondering where the finish line is.”

Fitzmaurice, 34, asked one of the bike officials on the course where the turn was for the half-marathon, although she admits by that point she pretty much figured out what she had done.

“Once I realized what I had done, I figured, well I’ll just run 20 miles and use it as a long run and call it a day,” she said. (Photo: DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

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Athletes compete in the women’s 100-metre hurdles heats during Day 7 of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium at Luzhniki Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Athletes compete in the women’s 100-metre hurdles heats during Day 7 of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium at Luzhniki Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images)