And then you're crossing the line. You've done it. You're among the running world's best, proud runners who've finished Boston. Welcome to the hallowed ground of the Finish Line. Welcome to the club of Boston Finishers.
This is what the experience looks like, in images taken by 13-consecutive-time Boston finisher, Raymond Britt.
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