Boston Fever

Boston has been hit with marathon fever!

Every April, the city begins to develop a certain buzz around the famous marathon. Television channels have been running commercials about their upcoming marathon coverage, blog posts and articles are showing up in the local papers, and my neighborhood is FILLED with runners every weekend mornings.

Every year, I seem to miss the marathon for various reasons. The Boston Marathon always falls on Patriot’s Day, a Massachusetts state holiday that commemorates the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Schools are closed, city businesses are closed, and some offices are closed. When I was in college, we always had Patriot’s Day off. I always wanted to spend it by making my way to Copley Square to watch the race, but I never made it. School work, part time jobs, and other things always got in my way.

There’s something about the marathon that’s really special to the city. The marathon is such a storied race with a rich history of marathon stories – it’s the world’s oldest annual race, the challenges of Heartbreak Hill, the “scream tunnel” at Wellesley College, team Hoyt (who actually ran the New Bedford Half with me – and I saw them!!), Rosie Ruiz, and much more. It’s awe inspiring to watch the runners push themselves to the limit, both mentally and physically.

This year, my roommate Steph and I are going to watch the marathon for the first time ever! We’ll be watching from the Brookline area of the race. I feel like it’s the perfect location. The runners will have just finished going through Heartbreak Hill, and at the Brookline point of the race, they have about 4 miles left. The runners are going to need all the support that they can get – and we’re going to give it to them!

Steph and I are also running the B.A.A 5k the day before the race and will be attending the Marathon race expo. I’m super excited!! Running races always gets me super pumped about running more, and I can’t wait to be inspired to keep running.

Another story that is part of the famous Boston lore is the story of the first female runner ever to enter the marathon: Kathrine Switzer. In 1967, Kathrine entered the race using the name K.V. Switzer. Not realizing the name was that of a woman, no one noticed and Kathrine ran the race and finished. I saw this NPR quick story and video about Kathrine and learned something I had never known – she was almost physically pushed off the course by a race organizer. Check it out – it’s a pretty amazing story. It’s hard to believe that it’s only been 40 or so years since women were allowed to run marathons. It seems that women dominate at running races as much as men these days – it’s definitely an equalizing sport and I love it!


Are you running Boston this year or know someone who is? Would you ever want to run Boston?  Have you ever watched the marathon in person? What do you find most inspiring about running?


11 thoughts on “Boston Fever

  1. I’m definitely going to be attempting to run but I’m not sure if I will finish. My new goal is to just cross the start line. As long as i do that I know that I didn’t give up. I’m definitely going to try to finish but I’m not going to kill myself for it given my training.

    I am super pumped to be in Boston and feel the excitement though!

    • I think that’s a great goal, Lindsay! You’ve worked so hard for Boston, and I’m glad that you’re not letting your frustrating injury force you to quit. I can’t wait to hear all about it from the blog. It’s a very exciting city the weekend/Monday of the race. You’ll definitely get a little motivation and inspiration from that.

  2. Since my first Boston two years ago, I became a huge fan of Boston Marathon and will run every year as long as I qualify! The spectator support I’ve got last two times were phenomenal and so encouraging. Thanks for coming out there in support of all runners! Hope the weather is going to be nice =)

  3. Ahh I LOVE watching the marathon!! I also didn’t ever get to go watch when I was in school at Northeastern, but the past few years I’ve been down to watch at the finish line. The energy is amazing, and it is such a wonderful day for the city. The marathon expo is also awesome!! There are tons of vendors with free goodies, good info, and lots of products to try!

  4. I am running Boston for the first time and I can’t wait! I grew up in southern NH, lived in Boston briefly after college and have been in Chicago for the past 6 years. It feels like a homecoming, hopefully I don’t get slaughtered on Heaertbreak Hill (not sure if you’ve heard but Chicago is flat flat FLAT).


  5. I’m running the B.A.A. 5K too!! Seems like everyone’s doing it. 🙂 I’m so sad I won’t be able to watch the marathon. I’d love to be there in the flesh, and especially see Team Hoyt. I’ll fantasize about the day that I might be able to run it, although it may be forever in my head.

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