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    Bill Belichick hosts event for marathon team

    Russ Mezikofsky Photography
    Bill Belichick and Linda Holliday at Marathon Sports on Boylston Street. The pair hosted a meet-and-greet event for his foundation’s Boston Marathon team.

    Bill Belichick had a little surprise planned on Tuesday night.

    The night before his pre-draft press conference at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots coach and longtime girlfriend Linda Holliday stopped by Marathon Sports on Boylston Street to host a private meet-and-greet event for his foundation’s Boston Marathon team.

    Belichick presented the team of seven with new gear, including a fresh pair of ASICS’s limited edition Boston-themed sneakers. Along the sole, the gray-and-green shoes feature the iconic street signs marking the final directions of the race.

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    After meeting Belichick and Holliday, who were both sporting a pair of the special kicks, a couple of the runners even asked the defending Super Bowl champion to autograph their race singlet.

    Monday will mark the fourth time Belichick’s foundation has organized a team, raising money for student-athletes and athletic programs in need.

    Nicole Yang can be reached at nicole.yang@globe.com