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Marathon spotlight on U.S. elites

Nearly every top American marathoner who is healthy will lace up

Updated: April 19, 2014, 4:06 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- Everything about the 2014 Boston Marathon is so huge -- more runners, more security, more attention, more emotion -- that it might be easy to overlook the small and very fast professionals who will kick it off.

That would be a mistake. The elite field is one of the best in history overall, and especially noteworthy for the sport in the United States.

Nearly every top American marathoner who is healthy will lace up, including 2004 Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi and ...

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