It’s one of America’s most cherished sporting events and it happens on Apr. 18! The Boston Marathon will attract tens of thousands of participants as runners from all over the world compete to pass the finish line first. But what do you know about the race? Click to find out some cool facts!
The Boston Marathon gets underway on Apr. 18, as tens of thousands of runners take part in the ultimate test of endurance by running 26 miles through the streets of Bean Town. It’s always a fascinating race, and despite the horrific terrorist attack of 2013, will still draw a HUGE crowd of spectators. But did you know it’s the biggest marathon in the world? You didn’t? Well, click down for some fascinating facts!
1. The Boston Marathon is the oldest of its kind in the world.
That’s right, the first Boston Marathon was incredibly run in 1897 — that’s AGES AGO! The event was inspired by the first modern day marathon at the previous years’ Summer Olympics. Even better, was the fact that only 18 people competed that year.
2. It is New England’s most widely viewed sporting event.
Forget the Patriots, the Boston Marathon attracts an estimated 500,000 spectators. Astonishing, right? Around 30,000 competitors take part on average too, which is a lot more than the 18 it first started with!
3. The Boston Marathon holds its own record.
In 1996, in its 100th year, the Boston Marathon made history when it officially became the biggest marathon in the world EVER. The numbers were 38,708 entrants, 36,748 starters and 35,868 finishers. Amaze.
4. Women weren’t allowed to compete until 1972!
How times have changed! Women weren’t allowed to officially compete until 1972. Alas, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb defied authorities when she ran the race in 1966, becoming the first woman to run the entire race. You go, girl!
5. Who holds the Boston Marathon record?
Nevermind the fastest Boston time, Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya ran the fastest marathon EVER when he completed the race in a time of 2:03:02 in 2011. That record has since been surpassed by Dennis Kipruto Kimetto, who recorded a time of 2:02:57 at the Berlin Marathon. In the women’s marathon, Rita Jeptoo, also Kenyan, set the women’s course record when she clocked in at 2:18:57 in 2014.
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