BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Marathon finish line got a fresh coat of paint Tuesday.

The road had recently been repaved in preparation for April 21.

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Early morning runners were some of the first to snap pictures and appreciate the familiar landmark. Four-time marathon winner Bill Rodgers has crossed the spot many times.

“This year is different,” Rodgers said.

He says when runners turn the corner onto Boylston, this finish line immediately brings them strength. It’s strength the entire city now feels.

“I think it’s going to be the same Boston Marathon it has always been but a celebration of life,” Rodgers said.

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The paint job is an annual tradition before Marathon Monday but this year it’s more than a fresh coat of blue and yellow.

“Last year was a very difficult year for runners and the people hurt and we will always keep them in our hearts and souls. The marathon finish line is a reminder to us all to stick together as Bostonians,” Meg Mainzer-Cohen, Back Bay Association president said.

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