Some fear the Marathon will never be the same. It shouldn't be.
THE BOSTON MARATHON always has been a celebration of doing a very hard thing better than most. New runners, or at least runners wanting to run their first marathon, scan maps looking for cities and races with gentler geography, for the easiest introduction to 26.2 miles, as if that exists. They think about running in Milwaukee or Orlando or Ottawa, on courses that are forgiving and flat. Boston doesn't enter their thinking because it can't. The Boston Marathon, like Boston itself ...
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ESPN The Magazine: May 13, 2013