Boston Marathon runners brave brutal cold, wind and rain

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Heavy flooding rain and gusty winds are pummeling residents from Boston through Washington, D.C. — but that isn’t stopping Boston Marathon runners this morning.

As the race began in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the temperature was a chilly 40 degrees with a wind chill of 29 degrees, and wind gusts reached 30 mph.

Runners with @TeamMR8 say having a purpose helps overcome the weather and runthe #bostonmarathon2018#wcvb#peacepic.twitter.com/ZzHEAUBpfh

— Sera Congi (@seracongi) April 16, 2018

PHOTO: The elite female runners break from the starting line in a downpour during the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass., April 16, 2018.Mary Schwalm/AP
The elite female runners break from the starting line in a downpour during the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass., April 16, 2018.

PHOTO: ATF K-9 units cross the start line during a security patrol before the start of the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass., April 16, 2018. Mary Schwalm/AP
ATF K-9 units cross the start line during a security patrol before the start of the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass., April 16, 2018.

PHOTO: Connor Buchholz, 25, of Toledo, Ohio, waits under a tent beside ice crystals that accumulated at the athletes village before the start of the the 122nd Boston Marathon, April 16, 2018, in Hopkinton, Mass. Jennifer McDermott/AP
Connor Buchholz, 25, of Toledo, Ohio, waits under a tent beside ice crystals that accumulated at the athlete’s village before the start of the the 122nd Boston Marathon, April 16, 2018, in Hopkinton, Mass.

The first wave started at 8:40 a.m. and the final wave will start at 11:15 a.m.

The rain is expected to get much heavier there this afternoon.

PHOTO: Runners wait under a tent at the athletes village for the start of the the 122nd Boston Marathon, April 16, 2018, in Hopkinton, Mass.Jennifer McDermott/AP
Runners wait under a tent at the athlete’s village for the start of the the 122nd Boston Marathon, April 16, 2018, in Hopkinton, Mass.

PHOTO: Bicycle-mounted police officers patrol at the finish line before the 122nd Boston Marathon, April 16, 2018, in Boston.Charles Krupa/AP
Bicycle-mounted police officers patrol at the finish line before the 122nd Boston Marathon, April 16, 2018, in Boston.

soaking rain and a brutal headwind??? nothing is stopping this year’s #bostonmarathon runners!!! good luck to all of you as the first race begins right now!!! we are cheering for you (from indoors ??) #wcvbpic.twitter.com/lK1DqOv6Ii

— antoinette antonio (@antoinetteA) April 16, 2018

Many more smiles than frowns as competitors get ready. Runners are taking this weather in stride.

(Ba dum bump). #BostonMarathon#wcvbpic.twitter.com/rBIhEq048p

— Josh Brogadir (@JoshBrogadirTV) April 16, 2018

Good luck runners! This is a cold, wet day to run 26.2, but we wish you all a fast and successful race!

#BostonMarathon#marathonmonday#patriotsday#boston#massachusetts#raceday#runfast#weatherpic.twitter.com/Mzskz6Ma0s

— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) April 16, 2018

You have trained hard for this day, and the rain + wind aren’t going to hold you back. Good luck to all the runners making the 26.2 mile trek from Hopkinton to Boylston Street. We’ll see you at the Finish Line! #BostonMarathonpic.twitter.com/6E80kA2rCx

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) April 16, 2018

Today’s marathon comes one day after the five-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The April 15, 2013, attack killed three marathon spectators and injured over 200 others. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was also killed by one of the attackers.

Christopher Nzenwa wipes tears away after praying at a memorial outside of Marathon Sports at the location of the first explosion, during a memorial ceremony on the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing in Boston, April 15, 2018.CJ Gunther EPA via Shutterstock
Christopher Nzenwa wipes tears away after praying at a memorial outside of Marathon Sports at the location of the first explosion, during a memorial ceremony on the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing in Boston, April 15, 2018.

The family of Lu, Jun Lu observe a moment of silence with the family of Martin Richard, foreground during a ceremony at the site where Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed in the second explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon, April 15, 2018, in Boston.Michael Dwyer/AP
The family of Lu, Jun Lu observe a moment of silence with the family of Martin Richard, foreground during a ceremony at the site where Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu were killed in the second explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon, April 15, 2018, in Boston.

“Without the heroes that day could have been so much worse than it was,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Sunday. “And the heroes represented in many respects the very best of Boston, the very best of the Commonwealth and the very best of mankind.”

As we mark 5 years since the Marathon bombing, we remember those we lost, support survivors as they strive for normalcy + recollect the actions of the everyday heroes who represent the very best of Boston, the very best of the Commonwealth, the very best of mankind. #OneBostonDaypic.twitter.com/vvQqV1Vtnl

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) April 15, 2018

Boston is strong. Our city’s resilience inspires people around the world. Today, we honor those we lost and the heroes who rushed toward danger to keep our city safe. #OneBostonDaypic.twitter.com/jpbvzgNYGc

— Maura Healey (@MassAGO) April 15, 2018

“The heroes won,” Baker said. However “for those people who lost someone that day or in the subsequent days of the evens that surrounded the incidents themselves, that is pretty cold comfort. What I would say to them, having had a chance to watch them do all they can to find purpose and hope and possibility in the wreckage of the events of that day, you are heroes.

“And the same goes for those people who were damaged by the events of that day who have found a positive path forward and a way to build a new life. A different one, but a good one, on the heels of that tragedy,” Baker said.

ABC News’ Daniel Manzo contributed to this report.

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