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Posted: April 20, 2009  :

(RRW) Athletics: Blustery Boston Marthon On Tap This Morning

From David Monti

© 2009 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

BOSTON (20-Apr) -- Athletes running today's 113th Boston Marathon here today will face a cold, stiff headwind as they make their way through seven Massachusetts towns before finishing in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. Local weather forecasters say the winds will be steady, gusting up to 30 MPH (48 KPH).

Television images this morning from Hopkinton where the race begins showed foggy conditions, accompanied by 38°F (3°C) temperatures. Conditions will warm a bit to a high of 48°F (9°C), and the rain forecast earlier is not expected to begin until this evening.

The race begins in a series of waves: 9:00 a.m., Mobility Impaired Athletes; 9:22 a.m., Wheelchair Division; 9:32 a.m., Elite Women; 10:00 a.m., Elite Men and Wave One of citizens race; 10:30 a.m., Wave Two of citizens race.

Today's race will be broadcast locally in Boston by WBZ-TV, and nationally on Universal Sports (check local listings for the channel number). The race will also be streamed on which is available world-wide.

Over 26,000 athletes were accepted into the race, making it the second-largest Boston Marathon in history after the special 100th edition where over 38,000 runners were accepted.

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