Professor from Bangor Runs in 118th Boston Marathon 

The world was watching as 36,000 athletes took part in the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Hundreds of thousands were there, including many from Maine.

As history professor and a runner in last year’s Boston Marathon, Peter Lodge knows just how profound the 2014 Boston Marathon is.

“This will be my seventh Boston marathon and my 19th marathon overall,” said Lodge.

He finished shortly before the bombings at the finish line last year.

On the night before this year’s race, he says although he’s been ill, there’s nothing that would stop him from running.

“I think that’s why the numbers are so high this year and the turnout for the race is so great. This is a feeling of defiance towards such actions,” said Lodge.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh agrees.

“We feel great today. It’s a great day already. Just beautiful weather and a lot of excitement and a lot buzz. It’s a great day already,” said Mayor Walsh.

Happiness, excitement, unity and positivity seemed to be along every step of the 26.2 mile course. Many runners said this event was the best it’s ever been.

There’s a wide range of emotions from the runners crossing the finish line and the encouragement from the crowd.

“The city of Boston, the resilience of the people here how we come back,” said New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft.

Athletes of all ages, from all over the world, came out to show how they are surviving together.

Including athletes from Maine.

“I love Maine. I used to go to Wells Beach, so I have a soft spot for everyone from there. And a lot of good Pats fans. We’re going to make you happy this year for sure,” said Kraft.

Mayor Walsh also had a message for Maine runners:

“Thank you for running today. God love you for running. You’re going to have a great, a great crowd all along the route saying hello to everyone, and I’m excited for them.”

Lodge’s flu may have slowed him down, but it didn’t stop him.

“It was just a rough day coming off being sick last week and my body hadn’t recovered and made it a really tough run,” he said.

His prediction for the historic race:

“This will probably be a climax, this year. There will probably be many runners who chose to run again next year, but it won’t be quite the same. ┬áThis will probably be the moment.”