Incredible Photos Of Boston Marathoners’ Joy And Pain As They Cross The Finish Line

For the first time in over two years, runners crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon. Here are some of our favorite photos.

They trained, and then they trained some more. Yesterday, for the first time in over two years, runners crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon. Last year's marathon was canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and this year organizers cut the field by a third, admitting 20,000 of the usual 30,000 competitors. This is also the first time that the 125-year-old marathon has been run in the fall.

To mark the occasion, photographer and documentary filmmaker Ben Garvin flew to Boston to capture these incredible photos of marathon finishers. "Finish lines are a nonstop visual cascade of extraordinary human beings achieving a truly extraordinary thing," said Garvin, who has documented about a dozen race finishes in the Twin Cities, where he is based. "I'm searching for people that seem lost in themselves, lost in their triumph or pain or pure joy. It’s a beautiful thing to witness that often moves me to tears."

Kipyogei crosses the finish line of the Boston Marathon
A man pumps his fist crossing the finish line
A woman's face is contorted with tears as she finishes the marathon
A visually impaired runner and guide cross the finish line
A visibly pregnant woman crosses the finish line with her arms raised.
A man holds two hands up while finishing the marathon
A couple kiss at the finish line of the Boston Marathon
A woman pumps her fist as she crosses the finish line of the Boston Marathon
A competitor in a recumbent bicycle celebrates as he crosses the finish line
a woman grimaces at the end of the marathon
A man cheers as he crosses the marathon finish line
A woman grimaces through a crowd as she crosses the finish line
A field of runners at the Boston Marathon
A woman smiles with her eyes closed and her head tilted up as she finishes the marathon
A man smiles as he crosses the finish line
Two race attendants help a woman who has nearly collapsed at the marathon
A man grimaces as he crosses the finish line
An older man cheers at the finish line, a woman celebrates behind him
A woman grimaces at the finish line
A man kisses the finish line