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Boston looks unpredictable as usual

Tough course, fitness of big-name men among the factors to keep an eye on

Updated: April 20, 2014, 11:51 PM ET
By Roger Robinson | Runner's World

The Boston Marathon is not kind to reputations. The unbeaten and the seemingly unbeatable have been humbled here, and the last pre-race favorite to win the men's race was Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot in 2008.

The elevation profile of the course -- which cossets and then tortures you -- the possible extremes of weather and wind and race policy prohibiting pace-setters combine to create high levels of unpredictability.

With that in mine, here are some things to look for in the ...

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