Idiot's Guide to the Boston Marathon

For the first time in 13 years Page 2's Bill Simmons won't be around for the Boston Marathon. He still took the time to offer a crash-course on his hometown's race.

Updated: May 31, 2005, 2:17 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2 columnist

This year's Boston Marathon stands out for one reason: I won't be there. After 13 straight appearances, I'm stuck here on the West Coast, as one of the defining events in Boston sports carries on without me.

Will I miss running it? Absolutely. More than you know. Because I never actually, um, ran the thing. But I did watch it every year, and I cheered on the runners, and I knew some people who ran the race, and my family gathered in the same place to watch the race every year. So ...

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