Boston Marathon: 36,000 to run today; Watch the race and get the full Boston Marathon schedule

BOSTON - The Boston Marathon is underway with 36,000 runners and hundreds of thousands of spectators.

One year after two homemade bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others, the Boston Marathon returned to the streets for its 118th edition Monday.

The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, according to the marathon's website. It was first run in 1897.

The Boston Marathon is run each year on the third Monday of April – Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Boston is different than many other marathons as participants must qualify for entry by meeting stringent qualifying times before they can register. The race is run on a point-to-point course through eight cities and towns, and the 26.2-mile course has remained essentially unchanged over the years.

Marathon schedule (Eastern Time):

- Mobility Impaired: 8:50 a.m.

- Push Rim Wheelchair: 9:17 a.m.

- Handcycles: 9:22 a.m.

- Elite Women:  9:32 a.m. (Rita Jeptoo won, becoming the 7th person to win three times.)

- Elite Men:  10 a.m. (American Meb Keflizighi won.)

- Wave One: also 10 a.m.

- Wave Two:  10:25 a.m.

- Wave Three:  11:00 a.m.

- Wave Four:  11:25 a.m.

Watch the marathon live on the marathon's website:

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