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How long does it take to create the Boston starting line?

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While the exact amount of time it takes to paint the Boston Marathon's starting line may change from year to year, one man is typically responsible for overseeing the job: Jack LeDuc. LeDuc started painting the starting line in 1981, and he repaints the line fresh every year before the race.

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Rather than using the same design for every edition of the marathon, LeDuc continually refreshed the starting line design for many years, adding elements that reflected details for each year's race, though he is now presented with design plans from the Boston Athletic Association. In 2014, the starting line included a subtle visual tribute to those who survived the bombing attack that targeted the marathon in 2013, stopping the race and causing injuries among runners and spectators.

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