Boston Marathon 2011

Hello Boston!

This weekend, April 15-19, is Patriots’ Day Weekend! Patriots’ Day, always the third Monday in April, commemorates the “shot heard ‘round the world,” aka first battles of the Revolutionary War. Festivities to celebrate this important moment in American History include battle reenactments, Paul Revere’s ride, and The Boston Marathon.

Monday, April 18th is the 115th Annual Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon, managed by the Boston Athletic Association and sponsored by Adidas, is the world’s oldest marathon. This highly competitive marathon requires strict qualifying race times for entry. The marathon has also increased in popularity and this year’s sold out in about eight hours.

The grueling 26.2 miles of New England terrain starts in Hopkington, Mass. and ends in Boston’s Copley Square. Cities along the route include Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline. Check out the marathon course map here. The course starts getting rather hilly between Newton and Brookline, between miles 20 and 22. The first wave of runners will start at 10:00 A.M. and the final, third waves starts at 10:40 A.M.

For more Marathon Monday coverage, stay tuned as Kristen Stivers and I blog about the marathon for our online journalism class for Professor Brett Rhyne at BU.

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