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    At Fenway Park, they took 116 trips around the bases

    Boston Ma 9/15/17 Runners start take off on the first of 116 laps in the Inaugural Fenway Park Marathon managed by DMSE Sports to benefit the Red Sox Foundation. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:
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    Runners take off on the first of 116 laps in the Inaugural Fenway Park Marathon.

    Longtime Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray’s wish finally came true on Friday night. Fenway Park hosted a marathon.

    Billed as the first race of its kind to take place inside a ballpark, the 26.2-mile run consisted of 116 laps along the perimeter of the field. The competition was limited to just 50 runners, all of whom were required to raise $5,000 for the Red Sox Foundation. Proceeds will go toward improving health and promoting recreation for New England children.

    American runner Michael Wardian was the first to cross the finish line, with an official time of 2:53.52. In January, the 43-year-old completed seven marathons in seven days across seven continents.

    Video: The start of the Fenway Marathon

    Photos from the race:

    Michael Wardian was first across the finish line.
    Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff
    Michael Wardian was first across the finish line.

    Runners began the race in front of the left field wall.
    Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff
    Runners began the race in front of the left field wall.

    Runners took the long way around the bases.
    Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff
    Runners took the long way around the bases.

    Dave McGillivray (center) organized the event and ran it as well.
    Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff
    Dave McGillivray (center) organized the event and ran it as well.

    Rick Hoyt Jr. of Boston Marathon fame participated.
    Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff
    Rick Hoyt Jr. of Boston Marathon fame participated.

    Michael Wardian won the event with a time of 2:53:52.
    Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff
    Michael Wardian won the event with a time of 2:53:52.