3. Boston Marathon

April 18 there's another run blessed by the Irish. It's on the other side of The Pond. The 115th running of the Boston marathon attracts a million spectators a year. The course is fabled -- for its beauty and its brutality. Rural Hopkinton is the jumping off point. Then the run winds through countryside and townships before terminating in Boston's Kenmore Square, in the shadows of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLREC000025" title="Fenway Park" href="/topic/sports/baseball/fenway-park-PLREC000025.topic">Fenway Park</a>. But first contestants must conquer Heartbreak Hill -- and their own demons.<br>
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(Participants walk down Boylston Street after finishing the 114th <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVSPR000124" title="Boston Marathon" href="/topic/sports/boston-marathon-EVSPR000124.topic">Boston Marathon</a> in April 2010.)
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April 18 there's another run blessed by the Irish. It's on the other side of The Pond. The 115th running of the Boston marathon attracts a million spectators a year. The course is fabled -- for its beauty and its brutality. Rural Hopkinton is the jumping off point. Then the run winds through countryside and townships before terminating in Boston's Kenmore Square, in the shadows of Fenway Park. But first contestants must conquer Heartbreak Hill -- and their own demons.

(Participants walk down Boylston Street after finishing the 114th Boston Marathon in April 2010.)

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