Sport: For Greece

The men who run the 26-mile Boston Marathon each year on Patriots' Day* have a variety of motives. At least one 200-pounder runs it to reduce. Stylianos Kyriakides ran it last week because he is a Greek.

Stylianos is a 35-year-old electric-bill collector, holder of the Greek marathon† title, who lived through the misery of wartime Athens. A year ago he had an idea: Greece's first victory in 50 years of Boston Marathons might dramatize his struggling nation, gain U.S. aid for his hungry countrymen.

By covering his bill-collecting rounds on the double, he saved...

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