The Boston Marathon is more than just a race. Each year, the entire Boston community comes together to cheer on passionate runners participating from around the world. Festivities begin the night before with a feast provided by the city. On marathon day, speculators and volunteers line the course to motivate and support athletes for 26.6 long miles. To really get a feel for why this journey is a meaningful one, watch the video above, and try not to tear up.
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