Boston Marathon: Spectators' guide

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The start of the Boston Marathon in 1978.

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Fitness Expo draws Marathon runners and more

Just a few blocks away from the Marathon finish line, the Hynes Convention Center will hosting the 37th annual John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo as a part of Marathon Weekend. What began as a seminar for sports medicine in 1977 has evolved into a showcase of marathon-related presentations, products, and services -- along with the official number pickups for runners.

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After safety, the goal is to maintain the quality and integrity of the race, director Dave McGillivray says.

Key Boston Marathon dates

April 18-20: John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo and Marathon bib pickup, Hynes Convention Center
April 19: BAA 5k, 8 a.m.
April 21: Boston Marathon, 9 a.m. (rolling start times)

The Boston Marathon bombings

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Coverage of deadly blasts that shook the city, and the ensuing manhunt resulting in the death of an MIT police officer, the death of one suspect, and the capture of another.