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Andy Kirkaldy: Boston Marathoners were inspiring in so many ways

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Posted on April 22, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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A PACK OF wheelchair racers, including ultimate winner Marcel Hug of Switzerland in silver helmet, whizzed past our columnist in Natick, Mass., on Monday as the Boston Marathon crowd cheers. Photo by Andy Kirkaldy

To start with, the Boston Marathon wheelchair racers who whip by first are absolute, astonishing beasts who must train for the event by ripping phone books in half. They couldn’t be more impressive. It’s also hard to imagine they make it 26.2 miles through eight Massachusetts towns without crashing — they ride six or eight inches behind each other, taking turns carving though the air, a practice fans of motor sports know as drafting.

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