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Boston's spring festival turns tragic

City's unique celebration of baseball, marathon dealt chilling blow by blasts

Updated: April 15, 2013, 11:48 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- These are ties that bind so deep, the ones that have connected the Boston Marathon with the Boston Red Sox in a one-of-a-kind sporting festival on Patriots Day, a holiday unique to us.

The world's oldest continuing marathon. The baseball team playing in the major leagues' oldest ballpark. And thousands hoisting a glass or two in an annual spring bacchanal.

Johnny Kelley, the legendary runner who competed 61 times and ran until he was 84, is just one of many ...

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