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THE 2011 BOSTON MARATHON

Thank you, Boston, for putting up with marathoners

April 22, 2011

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HAVING JUST run my 10th Boston Marathon, I would like to thank the City of Boston, as well as the beautiful towns of Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline, for allowing us runners to invade your communities. I’m not really sure why you put up with such an imposition, but it is enormously appreciated. People can talk about tradition and history all they want, but if you ask me what makes the Boston Marathon the pinnacle of all foot-races, it’s that it is the only place where I feel like the spectators are as glad to see me as I am to see them. Every year I am amazed by that. Thank you, Boston!

John Klees
Grand Rapids, Mich.

For the record: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this letter incorrectly stated that John Klees had run his 44th Boston Marathon on Monday. It was his 10th.