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The high tech race

Boston Marathon racers stormed across the starting line last April in Hopkinton.
Boston Marathon racers stormed across the starting line last April in Hopkinton.

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Katie Preston doesn’t know what she’ll wear for her first Boston Marathon next month, but she does have her tech gear all set.

She’ll have an iPhone 4s attached somewhere to her body. An app called RunKeeper will broadcast her location via Twitter and Facebook. She’ll wear at least one ear bud for the app to talk to her. It’ll give her periodic updates on things such as average pace.

Then there’s the all-important watch. It’s a TomTom Multi-Sport GPS. On that, Preston can see speed, heart rate, and distance. All in real time. And so Preston doesn’t miss anything on social media in the four and a half hours she hopes to finish running the 26.2 miles, her iPhone will read the occasional tweet.

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