Secretary of State John Kerry raises the start pistol for the Boston Marathon wheelchair division at the start line in Hopkinton, Mass., Monday, April 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The 2016 Boston Marathon Project

April 11, 2016

The Boston Marathon is one of the most storied marathons in the world. Everyday runners toe the same starting line as Olympians, and crowds cheer all of them on every step of the way. We spoke to runners about the excitement of the start in Hopkinton, the agony of Heartbreak Hill, and the thrill of the finish line—along with everything they learn along the way. These are their stories, told in 26.2 short videos.

New videos will be added through Sunday, April 17.

Photo credits: Meredith Nierman, The Boston Public Library's Leslie Jones Collection, Armin Molavi, Bobbi Gibb, Bryan Gould, Courtney White, Dave McGillivray, Heartbreak Hill Running Company, Ian & Amanda Nurse, Josh Campbell Photography, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Michael McGrane & Amanda Watters, Peter Villa, Stephanie Mack, Marc Showstack, and PhotoRun.

Aerial Photography by Thomas Lerra.

Archival research and footage provided by WGBH Media Library and Archives.

Special thanks to NOVA.

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