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One, two, three - go!

Posted by Barbara Matson  April 18, 2011 10:59 AM

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HOPKINTON - Spider-Man was one of the last runners to cross the start line for the Boston Marathon, at 10:53, in the company of a few of the final runners from the third wave. The very last runner across the line, at 10:55, was a man in full-length shepherd's robes, carrying a 6-foot crook, but he was not wearing a number.

The first year of the three-wave start appears to be a success, with the first corral of the first wave going off at 10:00 a.m., and the ninth and final corral crossing the line at 10:08. Each wave has 9,000 runners.

The second wave was loaded by 10:19, and went off a minute later, the runners enjoying plenty of elbow room and though moving at a slow pace, they were running. The second wave finished crossing the start line at 10:29.

The third wave began to fill the corrals more slowly, and some runners with qualifying numbers for the first corral had trouble making their way up the street and through the crowd to get to their entrance gate. Runners were still entering the gate to the first corral when the third wave officially started. The third wave also had a more sluggish start, with runners shuffling along for the first minute before the pack was able to start jogging. The next 8,000 -- including Aladdin in a gold lame turban with blue feather and a pair of jugglers -- moved smoothly across the line.

At 10:52, the race gave over to the bandits -- the unofficial, unnumbered runners -- and by 10:54, the official follow vehicle rolled across the line and Hopkinton began to close up shop.

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