More than 30,000 people ran the annual Boston Marathon, and the Internet is rife with accolades for the marathoners' tenacity and general awesomeness. But is this adulation a little much? Yes, marathon runners are 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, without nearly that much glory. Do marathoners really deserve all the praise they receive? 🎽
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