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Head of the Charles set for another year

Updated: October 22, 2011, 3:51 PM ET
By Tom Lakin | Special to ESPNBoston.com

When the Head of the Charles first threaded its way through Boston's beloved dirty water, Bobby Orr wasn't yet a Bruin, Larry Bird was 9 years old and the Patriots still hailed from Boston. It was 1965 and Harvard University sculling instructor Ernest Arlett thought it might be a neat idea to host a little head of the river race in town, modeled after those held in his native England. This weekend, 46 crisp falls later, Arlett's modest local race will draw more than 8,000 elite athletes and as ...

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