The world’s grandest marathon is back for the first time since April 2019 in a celebration of running, perseverance and a return to normalcy until the pandemic had been run in April of every year since 1897. Organizers last year first postponed the race to the fall, then canceled the in-person event altogether for the first time in its 124-year history.

It doesn’t get much more Boston than that. For one day at least, and especially for 20,000 marathoners, life might actually feel almost normal.

After being delayed by 18 months because of the pandemic, the Boston Marathon is back this year, marking its 125th anniversary.

The race will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network and Peacock, NBC’s streaming platform, starting at 7:30 a.m. Eastern on Monday. The races will also stream live on and the NBC Sports app.