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On your mark! Get set! UGH!

Posted by Ralph Ranalli April 16, 2007 07:17 AM

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Workers struggled to put up this banner in Chestnut Hill yesterday.
(Globe staff photo by Matthew Lee)

NEWTON

Ahh, nothing says Patriots Day like ... driving downpours, 50 mile-per-hour wind gusts, and sporadic power outages?

Short of an April blizzard, conditions on the Boston Marathon course are about as bad as they could be this morning, including swamp-sized puddles and downed tree limbs. In parts of Newton, residents lost power several times, although it was quickly restored.

As of 7:30 a.m., meteorologists are predicting that the storm will taper off from a nor'easter into plain old showers in a few hours and Boston Athletic Association officials are holding to their scheduled 10 a.m. start (9:25 a.m. for elite wheelchairs).

Boston Red Sox officials, however, have announced that today's game against the Angels has been moved to 12:05 p.m., meaning that spectators won't get a chance to see the elite runners finish after the game as they traditionally do.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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