Don’t miss the running of the Boston Athletic Association’s (B.A.A.’s) 117th edition of the Boston Marathon on Monday morning. With the support of their principal sponsor John Hancock Financial a prize purse of $806,000 will be awarded to the race’s top finishers and tens of thousands of others will earn the right to say “I ran the world’s oldest annual marathon”!
Among those in Monday’s field will be IRONDames Gail Burgess (Bib # 20505 ~ Wave 3 / Corral 3) and Hélène Desrosiers (Bib # 11395 ~ Wave 2 / Corral 3). In 2012 they met the Boston Athletic Association’s new, more stringent qualifying standards for the world’s most prestigious marathon. The qualifying standards for this year’s race were made five minutes faster across all age groups and both genders. Wish them good luck by leaving a comment below!
Watch Out For Returning Champions:
Back to Boston to pursue repeat victories in the Boston Marathon are 2012 defending champions Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop, both of Kenya, Also returning are Josh Cassidy, of Canada, and Shirley Reilly, of Arizona, the defending push rim wheelchair division champions. Cassidy won in 2012 with a world best time of 1:18:25, while Reilly edged five-time defending champion Wakako Tsuchida, of Japan, by one second.
The Historic Course:
• It starts on Main Street in the rural New England town of Hopkinton and follows Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley to where Route 16 joins Route 135
• It continues on Route 16 through Newton Lower Falls to Commonwealth Avenue, turning right at the fire station onto Commonwealth which is Route 30
• It continues on Commonwealth through the Newton Hills, bearing right at the reservoir onto Chestnut Hill Avenue to Cleveland Circle
• The route then turns left onto Beacon Street continuing to Kenmore Square, and then follows Commonwealth Avenue inbound
• The course turns right onto Hereford Street (NOTE: against normal traffic flow) then left onto Boylston Street, finishing near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.
Approximately 500,000 people will line the 26.2-mile route on Marathon Monday. Click here to view free live online streaming of the 2013 Boston Marathon starting at 9:30 a.m. E.T.