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April 4, 2013

Marblehead's Flanagan ready for first Boston Marathon

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“You can’t ask Boston for 55 degrees and no wind,” Flanagan joked. “You just have to take what’s given to you. Honestly, I hope for conditions that allow all the runners to display their best performances.”

Flanagan flies into Boston a week from today and will have the weekend to get adjusted to the time difference on the East Coast. Her family and friends will be out to support her, along many of her former Marblehead High classmates.

Having already won an Olympic bronze medal, a win in Boston would be just as meaningful for the hometown runner, she said.

“It’s a different kind of excitement than the Olympics,” Flanagan said. “I feel somewhat territorial and patriotic because it is my hometown. It’s very personal to me and probably slightly emotional.

“I’m extremely excited to perform.”

Follow The Salem News' Gianna Addario as she live blogs from the 117th Boston Marathon as Marblehead's Shalane Flanagan goes for victory in her first Boston. Addario will be on the women's lead truck following Flanagan every step of the race and providing live updates via her Twitter account (@GiannaAddarioSN), then speak with her after the 26.2-mile jaunt and provide post-race analysis.

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