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Marathoners manage to beat heat

Facing exhausting conditions, Boston runners emerged stronger for challenge

Updated: April 16, 2012, 11:19 PM ET
By Tom Lakin | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The sun rose hot and high on Monday morning in Boston.

By early afternoon, the temperature already was nearing 90 degrees in Copley Square and it was clear then, as the heat shimmered off the pavement like an oily haze, that the story of the 116th running of the Boston Marathon was not the winners -- Kenyans Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop -- but the unseasonable spring sun that had runners staggering across the finish line in search of water and a place to sit down.

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