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spectators’ guide

11 great places to watch the Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon runners like to say that each town carries them along the 26.2-mile race. There has always been a sense of pride and responsibility in being a spectator of the elite race, but that’s especially true this year when supporters want to show the region’s resilience after last year’s tragedy.

There’s hearty cheering in all eight cities and towns that make up the route, but there’s a disparity in decibel levels when comparing, say, family-friendly Natick Center to wild antics at Wellesley College. Here are some great viewing spots along the route, and what to expect from the sidelines.

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