Saugus native Amy Cronin Davis waves on Heartbreak Hill. (Eric Davis)
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Local marathoners weathered the course in good times

BOSTON — While Lawrence Cheono and Worknesh Degefa were staging their dramatic finishes in Monday's 123rd running of the Boston Marathon, the back-of-the-pack runners overcame their own obstacles to finish the 26.2-mile course.

Central among those obstacles was the weather, which seemed to suffer ugly mood swings as it bore down on the runners.

"The weather was nuts," said Ellen Goldberg of Nahant, who may have taken five-plus hours to finish the course, but counted it as an even bigger source of pride that she's raised

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