Praise for Boston Marathon runners dominates social media: do they deserve it?
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Praise for Boston Marathon runners dominates social media: do they deserve it?

#MarathonersRule
#MarathonsOverrated
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Over 30,000 people are running in the 120th annual Boston Marathon today. It's an elite race: people often train for years in order to make qualifying times that allow them to  participate. The Internet is rife with encouragement,  accolades, and praise for marathoners' bravery, tenacity, and general awesomeness.

But is this  amount of adulation over-the-top? Yes, marathon runners are extremely hard-working athletes who endure suffering while they train. But social workers, teachers, firemen, soldiers, and EMTs also put in long hours and endure intense deprivation, in the service of the greater good, without receiving a 10th of the glory or congratulations that a marathoner might. 

So: do marathoners deserve all the praise they receive? Or should we save our accolades for more altruistic accomplishments?

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#MarathonersRule
42%
#MarathonsOverrated
58%
Marathoners are genuinely inspiring: some compete in wheelchairs, others have overcome devastating injuries or raise money for charity.
"Running a marathon is hard enough without patting yourself on the back every step of the way."
Would people run marathons if they couldn't brag about them?
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