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Boston Marathon has plenty of stories

Updated: April 18, 2011, 10:27 AM ET
By Tom Lakin | Special to ESPNBoston.com

Monday marks the 115th running of the Boston Marathon, and any description of the race, with its dream-like allure and course that winds from Hopkinton to Boston, seems to have the feel of a James Taylor lyric. And Taylor's "Sweet Baby James" seems a fitting soundtrack for Monday's run, given the tweaks instituted this year by the Boston Athletic Association in hopes of hosting an event as smooth as the Boston-born singer himself.

The biggest change to the 2011 race is the introduction ...

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