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Mark Buciak was given two alternatives to fix his leaky heart: A cow valve. Or a mechanical device. The long-distance runner from Chicago, who became the first Illinois competitor to finish 40 straight Boston Marathons on Monday, had a question about a third option. "Do you have any cheetah valves?" Buciak asked Patrick McCarthy, Northwestern Memorial Hospital's chief of cardiac surgery. ...

Arroyo Grande native Jordan Hasay debuted in the marathon in 2017 with the fastest first marathon for an American woman ever, 2 hours, 23 minu…