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The Boston Marathon returns Monday under a major security crackdown after last year's deadly bombings as a near record 35,660 runners get set to compete. Organizers have drastically tightened security steps for participants and bags have been banned at the start in Hopkinton, along the course and at the finish line. On its eve, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick vowed the massive event would be "very safe." Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters last week the goal was to make the marathon the great race it has always been.