Not all of the remembering going on at today's marathon are about last year's attacks, of course. Tina Susman brings us the story of a Southern California connection among the throngs along today's route:
Amy Brakeman was among those fans lining the route. She remembers her father, George McDonald, qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 1979. That was when they were living in Palos Verdes, Calif.
Now, she lives in Wellesley, Mass. Her father, who is 80, lives in Long Beach, Calif., but they were both following the race today.
"I think of my dad each time I come out here to watch the marathon," Brakeman said, who got her dad on the phone for a joint interview.
Asked to remember the most enjoyable moment of that long-ago race (next to finishing, of course), McDonald did not hesitate. "The tunnel of screams," he said, referring to a stretch outside Wellesley college. "There was a huge mob of girls, screaming. It was the highlight."
McDonald went on to finish other marathons, but he never did Boston again.