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Moment of silence and cheers at Marathon Sports

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BOSTON (WHDH) - The first bomb went off in front of Marathon Sports, just feet from the Copley Square finish line. One year later, the crowd is back but the spot has taken on a whole new meaning.

Colin Paddies, owner of the landmark running store, said that despite the security he was still nervous.

"It happened so unexpectedly last year and until the last runner crosses the finish line, I don't think any one of us can totally relax," Paddies said.

Lisa Senter was just feet from the blast last year. Still, she decided to return to this spot to watch the race this year.

"I came back to finish what I started and that was to be here at the finish line to watch the people I love cross the finish line," Senter said.

Sarina and Steve Ussach left just before the blast last year. If they hadn't, they're certain they would have been hurt.

"Having walked away and hearing on the news 40 minutes later that it had gone off right where we had been standing, so having a tough time today," said Sarina.

A moment of silence was observed at 2:49 p.m., which was followed with the longest cheer of the day. People screamed, whooped, whistled, clapped and rang cowbells to celebrate how the city continues to move forward after last year's deadly bombing.

A heart painted on the sidewalk marks the spot where witnesses say Krystie Campbell died. Campbell and two others were killed and more than 260 were injured in 2013.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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