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City embraces its day in the sun

Hopes and dreams fulfilled on and off the 26-mile Boston Marathon route

Updated: April 19, 2011, 3:42 AM ET
By Tom Lakin | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The newspapers will tell you that the Kenyans won in Boston on Monday. They'll talk about a Kenyan sweep, extolling Geoffrey Mutai's blistering finish (2:3:02) and Caroline Kilel's last-second win. They'll write about Ryan Hall and Desiree Davila and how each ran the fastest Boston times ever for an American man and woman. They'll talk about record finishes and perfect weather and a breakneck pace.

But missing from the news stories will be the real winner on this Patriots Day: ...

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