Elite amateurs not your ordinary marathoners

04/16/15: Somerville, MA: Marathon runner Madeline Duhon is pictured as she trains in her neighborhood. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section: sports topic: duhon

Meet a group of runners who don’t compete professionally, but finish in elite-caliber times or pretty close.

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Rita Jeptoo is serving a two-year suspension for doping, creating opportunity for the women competing this year.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/22/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Copy%20of%20tlumacki_bostonmarathon_metro323.jpg A year later, Meb Keflezighi’s Boston Marathon victory still inspiring

Keflezighi says he feels “blessed” to win the 2014 race, calling it a victory for the city, the people, and the victims.

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The Savannah, Ga., attorney continued training for the Boston Marathon through her breast cancer treatment.

Patrick Makau (far left) won the Fukuoka Marathon.

Patrick Makau ready to rejoin elite men in Boston Marathon

After fighting a nagging injury that derailed training and competition, Makau said he finally feels like himself.

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Kendall Schler was said to have joined course near the end; she’s barred from Boston race.

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Advancements in technology and popularity have made the wheelchair race a major attraction at the Boston Marathon.

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Is location key to stellar Boston Marathon qualifying times? We crunched the numbers and came up with a snapshot of where fast marathoners live.

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People gathered at the site of the two explosions and at ceremonies at the State House and City Hall Plaza to observe moments of silence.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/billrodgers023-6993.jpg 40 years ago, ‘Boston Billy’ turned running world upside down

“Boston became the center of global marathoning for a little while,” observed Rodgers after his 1975 win.

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There is a push to move beyond what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, wrought.

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Interactive Video

How Meb won the Marathon

Listen and watch as Meb Keflezighi explains the strategy behind his historic victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Police release spectator guidelines for Boston Marathon

Among this year’s no-nos, drones and remotely controlled model aircraft are banned along the entire route.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/04/09/BostonGlobe.com/Enterprise/Advance/Images/bostonmarathon1985-1430215.jpg Lisa Rainsberger among past champs running 2015 Boston Marathon

The last American woman to win will run the marathon and a 5K to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her victory.

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Son Rick will continue to participate in the race, pushed this time by a Team Hoyt member.

Boston Marathon to open new ‘front door’ on Boylston

Organizers are building a combination clubhouse, interactive museum, and retail store that gives them a year-round presence.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/blanding042114marathon14spt.jpg Meb Keflezighi eyes back-to-back Boston Marathon titles

Five weeks out from race day, the 2014 champion said he has been healthy through all of his training.

The novice marathoner’s lament: Why am I gaining weight?

Packing on the pounds is actually fairly common for beginning runners. And, no, it’s not all, or even mainly, muscle mass.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/04/22/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Copy%20(2)%20of%20tlumacki_bostonmarathon_metro323.jpg Meb Keflezighi, Shalane Flanagan headline American team for 2015 Boston Marathon

The defending champ and a Boston fan favorite are among the top American runners who have committed to the Boston Marathon.