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From Heartbreak Hill to Boylston: Faces of the Boston Marathon
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Marathon Monday is a day of celebration. Celebration of the city of Boston, its dedicated runners, and just the fact that it’s finally Spring and maybe it’s okay to let loose a bit. BDCwire made its way from Heartbreak Hill to Boylston Street, meeting the different characters along the trail, most of whom were there to celebrate some part of the day, from the race, to the sunshine, to the beer. If anything, it was a sign that, a year after tragedy, Boston is perfectly okay going back to how it always was, and we’ve got the pics to prove it. Here’s what the crowd looked like, and what they had to say. More

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Pre-bar exam: caffeinated underwear, casino felons, more bar-talk this weekend
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With Marathon Monday right around the corner, we have a lot to celebrate this weekend: the way the city has rallied since last year’s tragedy, displays of athletic talent, and the fact that most of us have Monday off. (If you don’t have Monday off, it’s because your boss hates America.) But it’s also a time to reflect on loss, how we privilege tragedies, and the fact that you couldn’t run as fast as a marathoner even if dinosaur zombies were chasing you.  All of that is sobering, but not necessarily literally. If you’ve had your fill of marathon stories, here are some of the week’s weirdest news items, from caffeinated underwear to (allegedly) confetti-filled rice cookers. They’re sure to set off conversation this weekend. More

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UPDATE: Some military groups will not be allowed to march during Boston Marathon this year
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First no bags, then no bike rides, and now no military march for some previously participating military groups. Runners World reports that, due to tighter security guidelines at this year’s Boston Marathon, military ruck marchers will not be allowed to make the 26.2-mile journey from Hopkinton to Boylston Street. However, the Boston Athletic Association has clarified that only those who are not officially registered will be prohibited from marching. BAA representative Nick Puleo says that, “130 members of the National Guard will be marching, along with other members of the military who qualified as runners. But anyone who didn’t qualify and does not have a number, will not be authorized to be on the course.” More