Marathon Monday in Boston

Boston celebrates one of it’s greatest traditions

Where: The Boston Marathon Route
When: April 18, 2016 – Annual marathon
How Much: Free to spectate

Marathon Monday, also known as Patriots Day, is right up there with St.Patricks day in Boston. Locals and visitors flock to Massachusetts’s city to run and cheer on thousands of racers in the world’s oldest annual marathon.

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Massachusetts represented with the highest number of finishers, with California and New York coming in second and third.

According to the Boston Athletic Association, more than 30,000 people registered for the event. Ethiopia dominated the podium with both men’s and women’s top finishers.

Three years after the bombings, there is still so much Boston Strong pride surrounding this event. It’s impossible to attend the marathon without feeling the beating heart of the city. Mark Wahlberg was spotted at the marathon filming a scene for the new movie Patriots Day, set to release in January 2017.

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Students from Wellesley College encourage runners at the halfway point in the 120th Boston Marathon. Photograph by Bob Betancour.

From the sidelines, spectators held signs with words of encouragement and humor. Local breweries and bars hosted parties, and Fenway Park was packed with shoulder-to-shoulder debauchery all day. It’s more than a marathon, it’s a celebration of athleticism, love, and pride. This is something you’ll want to participate in while living in Boston!

 

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