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Organizers trying to make marathons more fan-friendly

Updated: April 17, 2006, 1:13 AM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

A group of 20- and 30-somethings walked outside a New York City bar and watched as two runners passed them along the 2005 ING New York City Marathon course. Later, they cheered and screamed as they watched TV screens show Hendrick Ramaala drop to the ground after falling one second short of victory.

Paul Tergat's one-second win over Ramaala in the New York City Marathon was one of the most exciting finishes in marathon racing.

So, why didn't more people embrace the event? ...

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