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Runners advised not to risk heat

Updated: April 15, 2012, 9:35 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- The Run for the Hoses. The Duel in the Sun. The Inferno.

As the prospect of 80-degree temperatures looms over Monday's Boston Marathon, race organizers are hoping the heat will forge a classic contest to rank among the legends of the event's 116-year history even as they prepare for a potential medical crisis if runners wilt under the scorching sun.

The forecast forced organizers to offer a largely unprecedented deferment to the entire field of 27,000 that had spent the ...

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