Track & Field: For Glory, & for Stew


There is something positively un-American about the Boston Marathon. Sure, it is run on Patriots' Day, which is about as American as a day can get. But a Greek started the whole thing. And Britain's King Edward VII dictated the modern distance in 1908, when that year's Olympic started under his balcony at Windsor Castle — which happened to be 26 miles and 385 yards from the finish line. What's more, in Boston, a foreigner almost always wins.

But Americans never stop trying, and Bostonians never stop loving it. In Boston...

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