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Marathon Special Issue

Boston, by the numbers

Where was the original starting line? How many people watch it? Who, exactly, was Clarence DeMarathon? These and all your other marathon questions answered.

> The winner of the first Boston Marathon, in 1897, was John McDermott, an Irish-born New Yorker, who finished in 2:55:10 — nearly seven minutes faster than the runner-up.

> Boston is the oldest existing marathon, but the first was nine months before, from Stamford, Connecticut, to Manhattan.

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