PHOTOS: 40th Marine Corps Marathon

On a rainy Sunday, people came to honor and to run.

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“Santa Steve” waits for the 6:00 train at Shady Grove Metro.
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Three runners try to stay warm and dry as they wait in a line of thousands to go through security by the Pentagon.
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Everyone is wanded and bags are checked after the metal detectors before the starting line.
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Parachutists with large American flags pump up the crowd as they head to the starting line.
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Gabrielle Marino from Clearwater, FL, takes advantage of an empty Jefferson Davis Highway to stretch before approaching the starting line.
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One of the first handful of people approaching the finish line of the Marine Corps Marathon 5K.
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Dean Edwards and son, Blake from Stafford,cheer on Jolene… at the starting line.
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Mona Portales gets a quick selfie with some fans, at the starting line.
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Even the rain and early morning hours couldn’t stop these revelers from supporting the 10K and 5k runners.
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A line of Marines give out high fives to the 5 and 10K runners that are approaching the finish.
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A marine calls out times to encourage runners as they approach the 10k finish line.
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A supporter offers some encouragement with the finish line in sight.
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Two competitors on handbikes climb the final hill to the finish line.
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Joe, Claire, and John Patton cheer on their parents Manus III and Jessica, and grandfather Manus Jr.
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A rider tackles the hill on a handbike.
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The Manning family from Harrisburg cheer on Abbey as she approaches the final stretch.
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Caroline Lauber from Arlington, with Hazel the lobster, cheer on Aunt Amy & Sarah.
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The Altieri family anxiously waits to see, and cheer on Brandon.
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DC’s own Rachel Meyer uses the Force to encourage her friend Martha Beltz.
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Eve Binder from Jersey City, NJ cheers on Michael Schnaidt, as he runs his first marathon.
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Artlington’s Victoria Stauffenberg and her nephew cheer on her sister, who is indeed enlisted in the army.
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Ashley America cheers on her brother John with a topical sign that gave encouragement to many from the region.
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Katie Folwell and Ryan Claxton cheer for Damascus’s Brandon Corrado (featured head on a stick)
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Runner Emily De Lacoste is hugged by supporter and friend Nicole Reid. They both came from Boston for this morning’s marathon.
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A runner with an American flag passes in front of the World War I Memorial
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Mark Manuszak, along with Margaret and Teddy Blomstrom, cheer on their mother Abigail at mile 21, the end of the 14th Street bridge.
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Lawrence Brown takes a quick photo of his daughter Lauren Szafran with her completion medal.
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Carmen Honeycutt, 2015’s North Carolina Watermelon Queen, hands out free watermelon slices to runners.
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Edgar Mangual from Yonkers, NY, gets a family selfie after receiving his medal.
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Recently bandaged after a successful marathon, this runner heads to the family meet-up tent with her medal.
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