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Runner’s art recaptures Boston Marathon’s joy and whimsy

April 4, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — First she ran the Boston Marathon. Then she painted it.

Artist and competitive distance runner Hope Phelan has created a series of marathon-inspired paintings that celebrate the joy and whimsy of the race — and deliberately ignore its terrorist scars.

Two years after bombs killed three spectators and wounded more than 260, Phelan’s art reflects a growing desire in the running community to return the Boston Marathon to what it was before the 2013 attacks.

Phelan’s works include “Wellesley Scream Tunnel,” depicting the women of Wellesley College kissing passing runners, and “Heartbreak Hill,” capturing athletes’ euphoria once they conquer the dreaded incline.

They’re being displayed at Marathon Sports, a running shop at Mile 23, through this year’s race on April 20.

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