The Boston Marathon. The world’s oldest, most awesome* annual marathon.
*Ok, I may have added that part in myself.
But The BAA Boston Marathon is amazing. A race that many runners strive for their whole lives; Boston is a benchmark for success. A true piece of American History. And it just so happens that it falls on Patriot’s day (which I’m convinced is actually just a made up holiday so that Boston can actually celebrate Marathon Monday under the guise of another holiday).
Marathon weekend in Boston is one of the best times of year here; it’s electrifying. The energy around the city is palpable, even if you’re not a runner. Knowing that the best of the best of the world’s runners will be completing this course on Monday is exciting and inspirational in itself. Standing down at the finish line while thousands of runners push themselves to the extreme just to complete the race is an experience every Bostonian should have.
Watching the marathon, you will see every kind of motivation you could ever wish for:
- The Elites: Let’s be real here. They run a marathon at a faster pace than I can sprint!!
I’m not kidding.
- The wheelchair racers: if this doesn’t inspire you, you probably don’t have a soul.
- The military men and women who run in full gear, including fatigues and combat boots. For 26. 2 miles. IT’S CRAZY AND AMAZING all at the same time!
- The Average Joe’s who push themselves so damn hard to finish this one race; to make it past Heartbreak Hill in one piece; to just get to that finish line on Boylston and maybe even hit a PR.