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They’re Off: Wheelchair Racers Start in Boston

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BOSTON – The Boston Marathon has started.

Runners David Wagner, left, of New York, and Tudor Fulga of Cambridge, Mass., rest before the start of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass., Monday, April 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

A field of 30 men’s and women’s wheelchair racers left Hopkinton on Monday morning for the 26.2 mile trip to Boston’s Back Bay. South African Ernst Van Dyk is looking for his ninth win in the men’s wheelchair race — a record for any competitor in any division.

More than 26,000 runners were lining up for a 10 a.m. start. New York City Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi and fellow American Ryan Hall are hoping to give the United States its first men’s win since 1983.

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They’re Off: Wheelchair Racers Start in Boston