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Ethiopians Sweep 2016 Boston Marathon

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By Michael Sol Warren BU News Service Ethiopia brought its A-game to the 2016 Boston Marathon. Runners from the East African nation swept the men’s and women’s titles and took five of the six possible podium finishes in the 120th running of the race. Lemi Berhanu Hayle, a 21 year old Ethiopian, ran 2:12:44 to

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Marathon Customers Give Restaurants a Boost

For fans watching the Boston Marathon, the hunt is on each year for ideal marathon-observing territory. Of the entire 26.2-mile course, though, observers overwhelmingly flock to the final straightaway for the ending along Boylston Street, in hopes of catching a glimpse of some of the world’s best runners

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Play Tells Untold Stories of Marathon Bombings

The Boston Theater Company is staging a documentary play, “Finish Line: The Untold Stories of the 2013 Boston Marathon.” The play tells the stories of 33 survivors, first responders and others affected by the bombings, using nothing but their own words. BU News Service’s Jonathan Gang spoke with co-creators Joey Frangieh and Lisa Rafferty to find out more.

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LISTEN: Marathoners Enjoy Pasta Feast

The night before the Boston Marathon, runners and their guests are invited to an all-you-can-eat buffet-style pasta party where participants can relax and greet fellow racers before the big day. Still, an air of excitement and nervous energy was palpable during the carbohydrate feast.

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2016 Boston Marathon Live Blog

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Desisa, Rotich Look to Defend Titles in Boston

April 18 is the 120th running of the Boston Marathon. Thousands of runners will complete the trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square, but only a couple dozen have a chance of finishing first. Here’s what to watch for in the elite race.

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Boston. April 20, 2015. The elite women run past the 13-mile mark at the 2015 Boston marathon. (Dingfang Zhou/BU News Service)

15 Years of the Marathon’s Top 15 Female Finishers

This year marks 50 years since the first American woman ran the Boston Marathon. Back then, her bid to enter the race sparked controversy. Today, women from around the world compete, and lately those from overseas have been taking the top spot in the race.

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How Has the Boston Marathon’s Wheelchair Event Evolved?

The Boston Marathon is a storied event. The city watches on the third Monday of April as runners from around the world compete for 26.2 miles. But, some of them don’t run

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Measuring the Impact of Elevation on International Runners

Over the years, the Boston Marathon has gone from being a Boston-centric event to an international phenomenon. This year, more than 4,700 international entrants from 80 countries will traverse the 26.2 miles of Massachusetts’ streets in the 120th Boston Marathon. This is a quick look at where they come from.

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Is Running Really Good for You?

On April 18, more than 30,000 runners will line up at the start line of the Boston Marathon, ready to race 26.2 miles and cross the finish line in Copley Square. For many runners, this is a lifetime achievement, the result of months or even years of training. But recent studies suggest that running isn’t necessarily all it’s cracked up to be.

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BU Student Runs Marathon for Charity

BU student Emma Everett is running for Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries which raises money for the Goodwill Youth Initiative.

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It Isn’t Easy Qualifying:
Some Just Squeak Through

It doesn’t matter how many people want to run the Boston Marathon. Only 30,000 of them can. And 24,000 of those people have to qualify. The requirements are different for each age group and gender. The remaining participants run for charity and don’t have to beat a particular time.

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Bombings Primed Medical Tent Worker to Return to Cover Marathon

In 2013, Anna Booras, a pre-med student at Boston University, was volunteering at the Boston Marathon for the first time as a college freshman. She’d signed up to volunteer with two friends, both as a fun way to spend the afternoon, and as a way to gain a bit more experience in her field.

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