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Iconic finish line painted in place for marathon

James Sawler (left) and Eric House of Road Safe Traffic Systems put some final touches on the Boston Marathon finish line.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

James Sawler (left) and Eric House of Road Safe Traffic Systems put some final touches on the Boston Marathon finish line.

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James Sawler (left) and Eric House of Road Safe Traffic Systems put some final touches on the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street on Tuesday. The Avon company has been painting the finish line for about 20 years. The painters started work at 5 a.m.; they expected to use seven gallons of paint, five of them yellow. The Boston Athletic Association plans to hang two banners to honor those affected by last year’s bombings, which killed three people and injured more than 260.

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