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Communities clamp down on road races

There is a battle of sorts brewing between residents running weekend errands and people running weekend charity races.

As road races and bike rides — such as the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge coursing from Sturbridge to Provincetown this weekend — continue to soar in popularity, some communities south of Boston are trying to strike a balance between the growing number of events and the causes they benefit, against the inconvenience they create, including road closures and the taxing of local services, like police details.

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