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Boston Marathon giving runners access to elite racers’ music

In this December 2017 file photo, elite runner Shalane Flanagan (center) goes on a training run with John Hancock employees on the Esplanade in Boston.
In this December 2017 file photo, elite runner Shalane Flanagan (center) goes on a training run with John Hancock employees on the Esplanade in Boston.(Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

The Boston Marathon is giving runners who use music as motivation free access to elite competitors’ playlists and tips. John Hancock, which sponsors the marathon, says it’s teamed up with Spotify to let participants in next month’s race listen to champion runners’ favorite music. Elite athletes contributing tracks to the project include four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan ; 2014 winner Meb Keflezighi; and Tatyana McFadden, a Paralympics gold medalist and four-time Boston Marathon champion. (AP)