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Second place finisher Tsegaye Kebede, left, of Ethiopia, and third-placed Lusapho April, right, of South Africa, flank men's winner Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya after finishing the New York City Marathon, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Elite field announced for 2016 Boston Marathon

Course record-holder Geoffrey Mutai and Olympic gold medalist Tiki Gelana are among the top runners entered this year.

Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia was all smiles after being awarded the laurel wreath in 2007.

2007 Boston Marathon winner eyed in Russia doping scandal

The IAAF is pursuing a case against Lidiya Grigoryeva, but it is unclear how it would affect her title here.

Among the dates to anticipate on the region’s 2016 sports calendar: the formal debut of David Price in a Red Sox jersey, the 120th running of the Boston Marathon, and the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Here’s what’s on Boston’s sports calendar in 2016

As the sports world remembers the top moments from 2015, we flip the calendar ahead.

John Farrell’s recovery, Sarah Attar’s return to the Boston Marathon, Pedro Martinez’s Hall of Fame induction, and Tom Brady’s involvement inDeflategate were some of our favorite stories of 2015.

A year on the sports beat: Globe reporters reflect on 2015

From Deflategate to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Globe sports reporters recount some of their fondest memories.

Bill Rodgers and his girlfriend, Karen Gillespie, at the Melanoma Foundation 5K in Waltham in September.

The VIP Lounge: Bill Rodgers

An Olympian who has won 20 marathons — and competed in 60 — on five continents, Bill Rodgers is still going strong at 67.

Boston-04/20/15- The Boston Marathon finish line. Mens winner Lelisa Desisa and women's winner Caroline Rotich with their trophy. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki (sports)

Defending champs to run 2016 Boston Marathon

Lelisa Desisa and Caroline Rotich will compete in the 2016 event, race organizers announced Wednesday.

Mary Wacera won the BAA Half Marathon by less than a second.

Kenyans sweep BAA Half Marathon titles

Daniel Salel and Mary Wacera also clinched the BAA Distance Medley title with their victories Sunday at Franklin Park.

Olympic gold medalist and Chicago Marathon champion Joan Benoit Samuelson (center) walked the final mile of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon course on Saturday.

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Joan Benoit Samuelson shows few signs of slowing down

The 58-year-old marathoning legend not only defies age, she changes perceptions of what is possible.

The 2016 Boston Marathon will be held April 18.

Fast times needed to qualify for 2016 Boston Marathon

The Boston Athletic Association said Wednesday runners needed to be 2:28 faster than the qualifying standard to get in.

After twice finishing third, Daniel Salel crosses the finish line first to win the BAA 10K.

Kenyans Daniel Salel, Mary Wacera win BAA 10k

More than 5,000 runners participated in the race held Sunday in downtown Boston.

Barbara Tatge kissed an unknown spectator in Wellesley as she ran in the Boston Marathon in April. Her daughter later took to social media to try to find the man.

A surprise response to Marathon kiss

A Tennessee woman searching for the stranger she kissed while running the Boston Marathon finally heard back -- from the man’s wife.

In this April 20, 2015 photo provided by Paige Tatge, her mother, Barbara Tatge, left, kisses an unknown spectator in Wellesley, Mass., as she ran in the Boston Marathon. It's a tradition for male runners to kiss the women attending Wellesley College as they line the marathon route. Barbara made good on a dare by her daughter, Paige, that she kiss a man as she ran along the route. Now they would like to know who she actually kissed. (Paige Tatge via AP)

Woman seeking man she kissed at Boston Marathon hears from his wife

The unidentified man’s wife said the attention was fun but that the couple wanted to remain anonymous.

Running his heart out

A Stoneham man is running 100 marathons for Mark Fucarile, who lost a leg at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

A closer look at the metrics of the Boston Marathon

A selection of data from runners wearing Polar GPS devices during the race paints an interesting picture.

Top Americans can’t close deal in Marathon

Dathan Ritzenhein, a Boston rookie, was the top American male finisher in seventh place.

Hopkinton, MA-April 20, 2015-Boston Marathon. Men's elite start. Globe Staff photo/Jim Wilson

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A runner’s view: An uncomfortable, yet memorable Boston Marathon

The Globe’s Shira Springer shares a first-person point of view on the 119th Boston Marathon.

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Boston Marathon features plenty of famous faces

Irish actor Kevin Ryan, “Orange is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba, and “Lord of the Rings” actor Sean Astin all crossed the finish line.

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Caroline Rotich wins in sprint to finish of Boston Marathon

The Kenyan outkicked Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba as the two sprinted together in a tight finish.

Boston-04/20/15- The Boston Marathon finish line. Mens winner Lelisa Desisa holds up his trophy. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki (sports)

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This time, Lelisa Desisa can relish his Marathon victory

When he won two years ago, Desisa was merely a footnote to tragedy; now he can be celebrated.

Soaked spectators lined Boylston Street Monday.

Marathon back on the road to normal

The 119-year-old Boston Marathon began to return to its roots as a civic celebration and acclaimed athletic competition.

Demonstrators were seen outside federal court at the start of the first day of the penalty phase in the Boston Marathon bombing trial.

With Tsarnaev penalty phase set, outcome uncertain

A death sentence is supported only one out of three times that it is brought before jurors in federal cases, records show.

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Road conditions made for a smooth ride

Wheelchair racers said the Marathon course condition was amazing consider the winter Boston endured.

Jim Roche passed out fruit on Heartbreak Hill; Newton’s Eli Whelan (left), 5, and his sister Josie, 9, offer water to runners.

Jim Roche helped ease Marathon heartbreak by passing out fruit

Roche made his first visit to Commonwealth Ave. when he was 7. His mother brought him to his first Boston Marathon with a tub of oranges in tow.

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Dave McGillivray and his team got Marathon off to great start

The starts were orderly in Hopkinton and the rain mostly held off, until the fourth wave of runners.

Boston-04/20/15- The Boston Marathon finish line. Meb crosses the finish line with Dionne. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki (sports)

Meb Keflezighi creates another special finish line moment

Keflezighi, last year’s winner of the men’s race, held Hilary Dionne’s hand as they both crossed the finish line.

Boston-04/20/15- The Boston Marathon finish line. Mens winner Lelisa Desisa. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki (sports)

Lelisa Desisa returned to win after Marathon bombings

His rewards were the same as two years ago, but the memory of this victory, both for the champion and the city, will be one to savor.

Above from left: Jen Rhines, Juliet Bottorff, and Katie Matthews worked in some laps on a track at Harvard University in Allston.

With eye on Olympics, BAA on track to boost its profile

Mostly known for hosting the Marathon, Boston’s historic running club aims to turn the city into a proving ground for marquee events worldwide.

Uzo Aduba of “Orange Is the New Black” with David Weinstock of Dana-Farber.

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Personalities prep for Boston Marathon

The big celeb running the Marathon today is Medfield’s Uzo Aduba, the “Orange is the New Black” star that also ran track at BU.

Race director Dave McGillivray (at left, talking to the Hoyts), believes proper preparations have been made for the weather.

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Marathon medical team ready to deal with weather

Race organizers have alerted their medical team about the possibility of cold rain and have made prudent preparations.

Greg Weintraub will be running his second Boston Marathon.

Diabetic, Sudbury’s Greg Weintraub embracing his 26.2-mile run to Boston

The determined 22-year-old college senior enlists the assistance of his entire family to ‘let loose’ and complete Marathon.

Siobhan Daly will be running to benefit Zoo New England.

Charity runners are inspired by causes, families, each other

Siobhan Daly who started jogging only last May as she fought postpartum depression, will be running the Boston Marathon primarily for her children.

Henry Richard ran down Boylston Street in the YES relay team. His brother Martin was killed in the marathon bombing.

Henry Richard among runners at pre-Marathon youth relay

For some, the annual race marked the last time they saw Richard’s brother, Martin, before he was killed in the Marathon bombings.

Though she’s never run the Boston Marathon before, Amy Hastings Cragg is very familiar with the course.

Without defending champion, Boston Marathon women’s race wide open

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

Boston04/21/14- At the Boston Marathon at the finish line ground level on Boylston Street mens winner Meb Keflezighi eyes the finish line. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(metro)

A year later, Meb Keflezighi’s 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.

The slogan on banners promoting this year’s Boston Marathon can be seen as having a double meaning.

Boston Marathon’s promoters find a tough balancing act

Two years after the tragic bombings, marketing the prestigious race is a delicate task.

Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa, a 10-time champion of the Boston Marathon, will be back to defend his title.

Big changes for Boston Marathon’s wheelchair division

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

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.

Of all states and territories with more than 100 qualifiers for the 2015 Boston Marathon, the fastest average qualifying times came from the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New York, Kentucky, and Iowa.

Where do the fastest Boston Marathoners live?

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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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.

Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha will miss the remainder of the season, the team said Thursday.

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Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha, injured during arrest, will miss playoffs

The Hawks confirmed Sefolosha’s injury Thursday and said he will need surgery for a fractured right fibula and ligament damage.

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.

Adam Fitzgerald. (Connecticut College)

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Adam Fitzgerald, Concord-Carlisle/Connecticut College track

In 2003, the Carlisle native paced the Camels to their only appearance at the NCAA Division 3 cross-country championships.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his attorney were shown in a courtroom sketch.

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This time, Tsarnaev unable to look away

There was something about Marathon survivor Jess Kensky that drew Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s unconscious stare.

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory walks down the isle, where her fiance, Pete DiMartino, also a survivor of the bombings, waits for her during their wedding at Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, N.C. The couple has announced they are splitting up.

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Injured Marathon couple who wed split up

A couple who said “I do” in the national spotlight after they were injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings have decided to part ways.

“Orange Is the New Black” costars Uzo Aduba (left) and  Taylor Schillingarriving at a Golden Globes after-party on Sunday.

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Uzo Aduba will run the Boston Marathon

The “Orange Is the New Black” actress has signed up to run on behalf of Dana-Farber’s Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research.

Judge George A. O’Toole has been described by those who know him as cool, calm, and totally objective in his courtroom.

Judge in Tsarnaev case has no-nonsense reputation

Amid the frenzy and attention of the Tsarnaev case, the judge at the center of it all has remained unruffled and focused.

Five things you should know about Tom Grilk

Overseeing the Boston Marathon is a massive undertaking, but by no means the full extent of his job.

Globe North: Noteworthy performances

Noteworthy performances from athletes residing in communities north of Boston.

Town names charities for Marathon fund-raiser

Framingham is gearing up for next spring’s Boston Marathon. With just over five months to go until the big race, Assistant Town Manager Jennifer Thompson and the Board of Selectmen’s vice chairman, Michael J. Bower, announced last week that six local organizations have been chosen to benefit from fund-raising efforts by Team Framingham. The six groups are a mental and emotional support help line, Call2Talk; Framingham Adult ESL Plus; the Framingham History Center; Friends of the Callahan Senior Center; academic intervention and dropout prevention program Resiliency for Life; and Voices Against Violence. The Boston Athletic Association will be giving 22 invitational race entries to the town, which in turn provides them to runners who agree to raise funds for the local charities. Applications for the official entries and additional details are available on the town’s website, www.framinghamma.gov. The application deadline is 4 p.m. Dec. 1, and a drawing to select the 22 runners will be held on Dec. 8.

Natick

Apply for fund-raising entries to Boston Marathon

Natick officials are offering entries in next spring’s Boston Marathon as a way to raise funds for local charities and municipal departments. Through a partnership with the Boston Athletic Association, Natick was awarded 22 invitational entries for the Patriots Day tradition. Candidates should submit their name, e-mail address, street address, and phone number to mfleming@natickma.org. The coveted entries will be given to the first 22 runners who commit to raising a minimum $4,000 for the local causes. Organizations interested in receiving funds through the program must submit proposals to the town administrator’s office by 5 p.m. Nov. 18. Town officials will select the winners by early next month. For more information, visit www.natickma.gov.