An American tradition will celebrate its 121st birthday this coming April. The Boston Marathon will celebrate its 121st anniversary in 2017, as we all hope the city of Boston has a great time on Patriots’ Day. Patriots’s Day is a Boston tradition and public holiday, with events focused around the marathon, the Boston Red Sox, and good ol fashioned liberty. Here are some fun facts about this piece of Americana.
The race runs 26.2 miles
Starts in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and finishes in Boston.
Registration for the 2017 race is now closed.
Of the 30,741 participants in 2016, 27,487 actually ran and 26,639 finished (96.9%).
Bobbi Gibbs became the first woman to race in a major marathon in the 1966, finishing with a 3:21:40 time.
In 1988, Ibrahim Hussein became the first black male to win the marathon.
In 1975, Boston became the first major marathon to include a wheelchair division.
The top male and female finisher receives $150,000.
The event is also held on Patriot’s Day, an official Massachusetts state holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. A Boston Red Sox ticket is also a hot commodity on this day, as the team begins their game at Fenway Park before noon, as the entire city celebrates and watches their beloved Sox.
Former Massachusetts Governor and former presidential candidate Mike Dukakis finished 57th with a 3:31:00 time as a high school student in 1951.
Notable celebrities who ran: Will Ferrell (3:56:12), Lance Armstrong (2:50:58), Tedy Bruschi (5:26:02), Mario Lopez (5:41:42)
In 2012, the 500,000th finisher crossed the finish line in the marathon’s history.
Men’s Record: Dennis Kipruto Kimetto of Berlin, 2:02:57 in 2014
Women’s Record: Rita Jeptoo of Kenya, 2:18:57 in 2014