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Matt Tegenkamp
30K runners, 28,200 bananas: Boston Marathon by the numbers

The Boston Marathon includes 26.2 miles, 34 elite athletes, 30,000 runners, 87 countries, 1 million spectators and $830,500 in prize money. Oh, and 150 pounds of petroleum jelly, 992 portable toilets, 108,000 safety pins, 28,200 bananas, 33,984 fruit cups, 35,000 gallons of water and 1.4 million paper cups. Here's a by-the-numbers look at Monday's 119th running of the Boston Marathon: ___ THE COURSE The route covers 26 miles, 385 yards, starting on Main Street in Hopkinton and finishing on Boylston Street in downtown Boston. In between, it winds through six other cities and towns: Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton and Brookline. Despite the challenge posed by...