What The 2015 Boston Marathon Really Looked Like — PHOTOS

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Hundreds of thousands of Bay Staters and visitors alike poured onto the sidewalks along the 26.2-mile path between Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and Boston's Copley Square on Monday for the 2015 Boston Marathon — the world's oldest and arguably most prestigious long-distance race. It was wet. It was freezing, even for Massachusetts' standards. But it was hardly dismal, despite the gray skies and the sentencing trial of convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev looming overhead.

"This is the marathon," Boston resident Lori Rivas, who was cheering on runners racing through Cleveland Circle, told Bustle. After years of watching the marathon on TV, this was her first time experiencing it in-person. "We're out here because of the camaraderie," Rivas said.

Others certainly shared Rivas' view, as many spectators hung over the bright orange railings fist-pumping runners and doling out yells of encouragement: "Stay strong!" and "Way to go!" Of course, there were also the rhythmic "USA! USA!" chants from the young men huddled with beer cans near Boston College.

And perhaps the best pump-up speech came from this woman coaching runners between miles 22 and 23, just past the notorious "Heartbreak Hill" section that often makes or breaks runners. "You made a weird decision but you rolled with it," she yelled. "You got this."

Images: Lauren Barbato/Bustle

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