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The mecca of marathoning

Updated: April 14, 2013, 9:12 PM ET
By Toni Reavis | Competitor.com

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very sport has its crown jewel event. In horse racing it's the Kentucky Derby, auto racing has the Indianapolis 500 (though NASCAR fans may suggest the Daytona 500), and in golf it's the Masters. But in the sport of distance running the ne plus ultra is the Boston Marathon, a race whose roots reach back to the very mist of myth from which the marathon itself sprang.

Now celebrating its 117th anniversary, this event that emerged out of the inaugural Olympic ...

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