Today runners flock to Boston to take part in the one of the world’s most prestigious running events, the Boston Marathon.
This marathon is the oldest annual marathon, inspired by first Olympics in 1896 the Boston Marathon took off in 1897. It has distinguished itself as one of the World Marathon Majors and for good reason. This year it is expected to attract over 30,000 participants and an incredible 50,000 spectators.
Much of the original course remains the same from when it first began. Most notably the tough terrain located between the 20th and 21st mile. This famous uphill section of the course, named Heartbreak Hill is considered a crucial part of the race where runners can find themselves hitting the dreaded ‘wall’. We’ve got everything crossed for you runners! After this challenging part of the course, participants are greeted with a spectacular view of downtown Boston and proceed to finish on the historic Boylston Street.
Besides it’s unique course and longevity The Boston Marathon is also well-known for it’s entry requirements. Runners need to meet time standards corresponding to gender and age. With requirements becoming even tougher for 2020. Officials have announced that qualifying times will be increased by 5 minutes for each age group running in the 2020 race.
Last year Desiree Linden won the women’s race in 2:39:54 and Yuki Kawauchi won the men’s race in 2:15:58. They battled bad weather conditions with every step and it looks like it will be the same for this years runners.
The women’s record was set in 2014 by Bezunesh Deba of Ethiopia in 2:19:59 and the men’s record is held by Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya set in 2011 in 2:03:02.
Notably in 1967 against all the odds, (including a race official trying to physically stop her running) Katherine Switzer became the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon as a numbered entrant and made history. Setting the standard that women should be treated as equals in the running world. Five years after her courageous act, the Boston Marathon allowed women to complete the 26.2 mile course.
To find out more about the Boston Marathon visit: www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon
Best of luck to all the participants – we’re routing for you from the UK!