By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (AP) _ The Boston Marathon will never be just another race again. The twin bombs at the finish line of the 2013 race made sure of that.
But when the field of 30,000 leaves Hopkinton on Monday morning, the world’s oldest annual marathon will take the initial, tentative steps back toward its roots as a world-class sporting event first, and a cause _ for fitness, for fundraising, for freedom _ second.
“For us, the core principle is the Boston Marathon is an international athletic event focused on competition and excellence,” Tom Grilk, the executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, said last week as he prepared for the 119th edition of the race.
“We start there, every time. Including last year,” he said. “What happened in 2013 was the closest and perhaps most poignant part of our history, but part of the history…
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