Marathon Preview: Boston Marathon

Wednesday means it is time for another preview. Since the 115th running of the Boston Marathon is Monday I thought tonight would be a good night to write about Boston.

Boston is the world’s oldest marathon and the pinnacle of the sport for many. The race has continually grown in popularity since the 1960’s and qualifying for Boston become THE goal for many amateur runners, myself included.

The Boston Marathon is possibly most famous in the running community for Heartbreak Hill. The hill is an ascent between miles 20 and 21. It is known as Heartbreak Hill comes from the 1936 race when john Kelly caught Ellison Brown, patting him on the shoulder on the way by. The move apparently re-energized Brown who pulled away from Brown and went on to win.

The course itself is a point to point course starting in Hopkinton and ending at Copley Square in Boston. The course is known as being a difficult because of a downhill trend until it reaches the Newton Hills, which culminate with Heartbreak Hill, at the 16 mile mark. You can view the course map here.

You may already be aware that due to incrreasing popularity the Boston Athletic Association announced changes to the registration process earlier this year. If not, I wrote about the changes here. You can also check out the FAQ section of the Boston Marathon website here.

Have you run the Boston Marathon before? Are you trying to qualify for it?

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