Boston: The Iconic Marathon

The Boston Marathon is the most iconic race for marathon runners. It is a special race to non-runners and runners. Quailfying to run Boston is to many runners the high point of their career. Boston is THE marathon.

The Boston Marathon has come to mean so much more over the years. It is the oldest annual marathon in the world, it is where women broke the barrier, after the bombing in 2013 the marathon has come to represent strength and unity, and it is a place where memories and champions are made.

In honor of the 121st Boston Marathon here are some facts about the iconic race:

1. The first Boston Marathon was ran on April 19, 1897

At this time the race was called The American Marathon and was only 24.5 miles.

2. In 1924 the distance was changed to 26.2 miles to meet the Olympic standard
3. It takes place on Patriots Weekend to commemorate the Battle of Lexington and Concord
4. In 1972 women were oficially allowed to run the Boston Marathon

Although, in 1966 Roberta Gibb jumped into the race and in 1967 Katherine Switzer was able to receive a bib after registering under her first initial. Both were not accepted and people tried pulling them off the course.

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5. It was the first marathon to offer an official wheelchair division
6. Notorious Heartbreak Hill
7. You have to qualify to run

Qualifying times can be found at the Boston Athletic Association website. Runners work for years to qualify to run this race.

8. The environment is unlike anything else

The spectators for this race are incredible. In the winter you can count on someone in the neighborhood shoveling the finish line, the whole city will be out cheering you on and the volunteers are there the whole time to support you.