Fans with a "Boston Strong" poster cheer on runners as they finish the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts
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Emotions 'mixed' at Boston marathon a year after attack

Hundreds of thousands of people have attended the Boston marathon, cheering on the nearly 36,000 competitors one year after tragedy struck.

Many spectators chose to cheer on runners from the spot where the two bombs exploded on 15 April 2013, claiming three lives and injuring more than 260 people.

Amid tight security on Monday, marathon attendees reported mixed emotions.

They said there was a sense of defiance and solidarity, but the memories sparked by that stretch of pavement were difficult to grapple with.

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