Sport: Pure Joy Is Running Out

After 86 years, Boston is ready to go commercial

Of all the pure pursuits, among the purest has been the pursuit of slipped discs, varicose veins, shin splints, sagging breasts, side stitches and hernias—the traditional rewards of running. Runners who speak of their exquisite pains (and many runners speak of nothing else) say the compensations are, and ought to be, ethereal: surges of joy, increased selfesteem, improved sex lives. But commercialism is afoot and mercenaries are gaining. The Boston Marathon is about to turn pro.

Sensible people given to sedentary pleasures have long been offended...

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