Friday, April 15, 2011


The Boston Marathon is this weekend!

In honor of this famous race, I have posted a great Boston re-cap from Runner's Ramblers blog.

Have you ever run Boston? Would you ever want to?

Good luck runners!

Boston FAQs 

from the Boston Marathon Fact Sheet
The Boston Marathon, organized by the Boston Athletic Association, is the world's oldest marathon. It takes place on the third Monday in April, also known as Patriot's Day, which is a holiday (in Maine and Massachusetts) that commemorates the famous battles of Lexington and Concord.
$806,000 in prize money is up for grabs in 2011.

In terms of media coverage, the Boston Marathon is the second biggest single-day sporting event in the U.S., just behind the Super Bowl. 500,000 spectators are expected to line the course in 2011. (This former runner would like to give a special thanks to the women of Wellesley College, who come out in full force every year to cheer on the participants.)

In 1988, Ibrahim Hussein became the first black male to win at Boston.
Former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate Mike Dukakis finished 57th (3:31) as a high school student in 1951.

In 1975, Boston became the first major marathon to include a wheelchair division.

In 2007, the marathon initiated a wave start, with one group of runners going off at 10:00 A.M. and a second group starting a half an hour later.

In 2009, the top three elite women finishers were separated only by nine hundredths of a second.

In 2011, the word on iPods is, while their use is not encouraged, only elite men and women and those eligible for prize money are not allowed to use headphones.

Read more: The Boston Marathon Fact Sheet —

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