Despite the spring sunshine, the start of the London Marathon on Sunday was a somber occasion.
Thousands of runners joined in a 30-second silence on the start line to remember those killed and injured by the blasts near the finish of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Before the tribute, signaled by a whistle blast, an announcer told the massed runners: "We will join together in silence to remember our friends and colleagues for whom a day of joy turned into a day of sadness.
"Let us now show our respect and support for the victims of the tragedy in Boston."
The runners, many also wearing black ribbons as a Boston tribute, then poured over the start line to begin the 26.2-mile race.
Along the route, the mood became more festive, with loud cheers and applause for the passing runners from the spectators lining the barriers.
Prince Harry also made an appearance, visiting the finish line to show his support for the race stewards.
Tatyana McFadden, who won the women's wheelchair marathons in London on Sunday and in Boston last week, dedicated her Sunday victory to those who died or suffered in last week's Boston bombings.
"We hope such small acts will help the healing process. Other efforts are in the works," her mother, Deborah, told CNN.
McFadden, who was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, spent her early years in a Russian orphanage -- walking on her hands because she had no wheelchair -- but embraced athletics after she was adopted and brought to the United States by her new family.
The winner of the men's wheelchair race was Australia's Kurt Fearnley, and the winning runner in the men's elite race was Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia.
The first-placed runner in the elite women's event was Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya. Fellow countrywoman Edna Kiplagat came in second.
The race is being staged amid heightened security, as police take extra precautions after the Boston Marathon bombing six days ago.
Although some spectators admitted to slight apprehension about coming out Sunday, the prevailing mood seemed one of solidarity.
"If you live your life just scared of what's going to happen, you won't do much," one man near the finish line told CNN. "I think it's important everyone comes and just shows that there are thousands of people who are here for the right intentions."
More than three-quarters of those taking part in Sunday's race are raising money for charity.
Race organizers are also donating 2 British pounds to the One Fund Boston -- set up to help those most affected by the Boston bombing -- for each runner to cross the finish line.
With about 35,000 runners, that's expected to come to about $100,000.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson tweeted Sunday to wish all those involved in the event good luck and "a great day out," adding, "@bostonmarathon our thoughts are with you today."
Race director Hugh Brasher urged participants in an e-mail Friday not to lose sight of what the London Marathon stands for.
"One of the original aims of the London Marathon was 'to provide some fun and a sense of achievement in a troubled world,' " he wrote.
"Following the tragic events in Boston earlier this week, that goal will be even more meaningful when the running community comes together on the start line of this Sunday's race."
Several hundred additional officers were on the streets for the event, a move the Metropolitan Police said was intended to "provide visible reassurance to the participants and spectators."
Police also appealed for anyone there to take extra care with their belongings, to avoid sparking security scares.
Hundreds of thousands of spectators usually turn out to support those taking part in the race.