Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon 2017/2018

Boston Marathon
The Boston Marathon is the oldest annual city marathon in the world, appearing for the first time in 1897.

 In this first version of the Boston Marathon only 18 runners entered the race, but the number of participants has increased steadily since then. The largest field of runners so far was in 1996, when over 35,000 people finished the 100th Boston Marathon. The 2011 Boston Marathon on 18 April 2011, attracted 26,895 entrants and about 500,000 spectators. 

The Boston Marathon ranks as one of the most prestigious running events in the world, thanks to the long history of the race, the challenging course and the fact that you have to qualify to register as an official participant. In order to qualify, every runner must have finished a certified marathon within a certain timeframe determined by the age of the runner. The qualifying standard is high enough to make qualifying for Boston – also known as ‘to BQ’ – quite an achievement in itself. An overview of qualifying times divided into age groups is available here

The legendary course of the Boston Marathon has been the same throughout most of the history of the race. The route follows 42.195km of winding roads from rural Hopkinton to urban Boston, and it is renowned for its level of difficulty. Shortly after the 25km mark, the road starts going up a series of hills, named the Newton Hills. These hills never reach truly high elevations, but their position after 25km of downhill running, when glycogen stores are likely to have run out, can break even the toughest runner. The last of the four hills is known as Heartbreak Hill. This hill does not, as one may think, get its name from the many runners being heartbroken from the fact that they have to conquer yet another ascent, but the name does originate in the Boston Marathon. In the 1936 race defending champion, John A. Kelley, caught up with race leader, Ellison ‘Tarzan’ Brown, giving him a consolatory pat on the shoulder as he passed him. This overbearing gesture apparently gave Tarzan supernatural strength, and he went on to win the race in front of Kelley. In the words of a local journalist, the outcome of this act of nemesis ‘broke Kelley’s heart’. 

The hilly course at Boston also played a part in making the 2011 race the fastest marathon ever. Geoffrey Mutai and Moses Mosop of Kenya benefited from a fortunate tailwind and the downhill slope of the course to finish in the fastest times ever recorded. Mutai finished in amazing 2:03:02, just four seconds ahead of Mosop. However, due to the nature of the Boston course, the IAAF does not recognize it as eligible for records, and thus Mutai's impressive run is not accepted as an official world record. That record still belongs to Haile Gebreselassie who won the 2008 Berlin Marathon in 2:03:59.

The Boston Marathon is one of five members of the World Marathon Majors, consisting of marathons in Berlin, Chicago, London and New York, apart from the one in Boston. For registration in the Boston Marathon and further information, please follow the link to the official site here

Click to add a comment

Add new comment

If you like, you can rate this race. Only your last rating will count.
To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.
Created by "Maricela" on Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 03:56
0
Thanks for finally talking about > Boston Marathon | Adventure Marathon citysquares.com</a>
Created by "Maricela" on Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 03:56
0
Thanks for finally talking about > Boston Marathon | Adventure Marathon citysquares.com</a>
Created by "Bradly" on Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 03:24
0
As a Newbie, I am continuously browsing online for articles that can aid me. Thank you Have a look at my web-site - Derek - https://www.pinterest.com/displaysholders/
Created by "Bradly" on Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 03:24
0
As a Newbie, I am continuously browsing online for articles that caan aid me. Thank you Revew my blog post: <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/displaysholders/">Derek</a>
Created by "Maybell" on Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 22:27
0
I would like to thnkx for the efforts you have put in writing this blog. I am hoping the same high-grade site post from you iin the upcoming as well. Actually your creative writing skills has encouraged me too get my own website now. Really the blogging is spreading its wings quickly. Your write up is a great example of it. My web site :: Marcella - https://twitter.com/displaysholders
Created by "Maybell" on Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 22:27
0
I would like to thnkx for tthe efforts you have put in wwriting this blog. I am hoping the same high-grade site post from you in the upxoming as well. Actually your creative writing skills has encouraged me to get my own website now. Really the blogging is spreading its wings quickly. Your write up is a great example of it. Also visit my web site; Marcella - https://twitter.com/displaysholders
Created by "Eduardo" on Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 20:31
0
Good day! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knww where I could locae a captcha plugin for my comment form? I'm using the same blog platform aas yours and I'm having problems finding one? Thanks a lot! Here is my web blog Sabrina - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlziPyuQSBI
Created by "Eduardo" on Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 20:31
0
Good day! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wonxering if you knew whwre I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form? I'm using the same blog platform as yours and I'm havving problems finsing one? Thanks a lot! Feel free tto visit my website; Sabrina - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlziPyuQSBI
Created by "Marguerite" on Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 12:57
0
Hi I am so glad I found your website, I really found you by accident, while I was browsing on Aol for something else, Anyways I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a tremendous post and a all round interesting blog (I also live the theme/design), I don't have time to browse it all at the minute but I have saved it and also addwd your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please doo eep up tthe great work. Look at my homepage: Chelsea - http://Www.Reallifehealth.ca/diet/ok-so-im-ready-to-start-eating-paleo
Created by "Marguerite" on Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 12:57
0
Hi I am so glad I found your website, I really found you by accident, while I was browsing on Aol for something else, Anyways I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a tremendous post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don't have time to browse it all at the minute but I have saved it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the great work. Also vvisit my site ... Chelsea - http://Www.Reallifehealth.ca/diet/ok-so-im-ready-to-start-eating-paleo

Pages

Looking for a more adventurous marathon?