Let’s take the kids to the Boston Marathon
Run a virtual race, celebrate at the finish line and learn how it all started
Today would’ve been the running of the 2020 Boston Marathon. Due to social distancing and coronavirus precautions, the race has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 14.
Postponed dreams can be disappointing for competitors, so until that time, let’s celebrate their commitment and effort by having a look at what they’ll be undertaking in just a few short months. Let’s take a virtual tour of the Marathon route.
Race sponsor John Hancock has put together a great video that takes us along the 26.2 miles and explains, section by section, about what to expect, how to approach it and what it all looks like.
Those who have been at the finish line know that it’s a celebratory atmosphere. Here’s how the Globe saw it just a couple years ago.
When it is run in September, it will be the 124th Boston Marathon. Here’s a look at how it started from the Boston Athletic Association:
After experiencing the spirit and majesty of the Olympic Marathon, B.A.A. member and inaugural US Olympic Team Manager John Graham was inspired to organize and conduct a marathon in the Boston area. With the assistance of Boston businessman Herbert H. Holton, various routes were considered, before a measured distance of 24.5 miles from Metcalf’s Mill in Ashland to the Irvington Oval in Boston was eventually selected. On April 19, 1897, John J. McDermott of New York, emerged from a 15-member starting field and captured the first B.A.A. Marathon in 2:55:10, and, in the process, forever secured his name in sports history.
In 1924, the course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton.