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Treacherous road to glory

In stormy Massachusetts, winter marathon training was a feat in itself

Updated: April 10, 2013, 8:22 AM ET
By Jack McCluskey | ESPNBoston.com

Chances are you've seen them, running through the snowflakes, striding along sand-strewn streets and dodging icy patches of pavement.

Forcing oneself to train for a marathon, despite all the other pushes and pulls of life -- work, family, friends, aching muscles and creaking joints -- is unquestionably hard, even for those who love to run.

But to do it when that means running in a snowstorm? Now that is commitment.

"If it's light I'll run through it," Joe O'Connor, 53, said. ...

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