Boston's New Start | David Willey

July 15, 2014 2:01 PM

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Boston's New Start | David Willey

The Boston Marathon, to me, has always represented renewal. That's an odd thing to say about the world's oldest continuously run marathon, but its place on the calendar (the third Monday in April, Patriots' Day), and celebratory, out-of-hibernation vibe have reliably pulled the dreary tarp of winter off my back every year for the past decade. Never mind the vernal equinox; it isn't spring until we're in Beantown, running every morning along the Charles, meeting readers at the expo, and making the pilgrimage from Hopkinton to Copley Square (or at least cheering for those who do).

This year, the importance of renewal has been magnified, its meaning redefined. All the Boston marathoners I know are anxious to "turn the page" or "close the loop." The two bombs that exploded near the finish line last year killed three people and injured more than 260 others, 16 of whom required a...

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