Rural New England town Hopkinton
Hopkinton, MA, United States
John Hancock Tower, Copley Square
Copley Square, Boston, MA, United States
As runners journey through this scenic route, they will stumble upon sites such as: The Hopkinton State Park, Stylianos Kyriakides Statue, Ashland Clock Tower, Framingham Train Depot, Lake Cochituate, Wellesley College, Woodland Country Club, Johnny Kelley Statue, Boston College, Chestnut Hill Resevoir, Coolidge Corner and The Logan International Airport.
From the starting line along Tomesello Way, runners then head north for the first mile toward the southern end of Revere Beach, where they'll turn right and head south onto Revere Beach Road. The next couple of miles unfold taking runners south into Winthrop, a small community that's a suburb of nearby Boston located on the peninsula near the airport, looking out onto Boston Harbor. Runners make a loop around Shirley Street, Seafoam Avenue and Winthrop Shore Drive before heading back north toward Revere Beach, where they'll start a long, out-and-back stretch along the oceanfront.
Runners will get to see the beach and the waves coming in from the ocean for virtually all of the next eight miles of the half marathon, as the course takes runners all the way north through Revere to the Point of Pines neighborhood. Here the course makes a loop around the point along Huntington Avenue, Rice Avenue and Lynnway before heading back onto Revere Beach Road for the return route south, but not before giving runners nearly a 360-degree view of the point all the way around.The next stretch of the race covers ground runners will already have run, as they make their way back along Revere Beach Road all the way south to the southern end of the beach again, and then make the right onto Tomesello Way to head back in to the finish line at Suffolk Downs.
The Boston Marathon is the oldest continuously run marathon with the second longest running footrace in North America. The oldest being the Buffalo Turkey Trot, which holds first place by only five months. Women were not allowed to enter or to compete in the Boston Marathon until the year 1972. Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb was the first woman recognized to run the Boston Marathon in 1966. In 1967, Katherine Switzer, registered under the name “K.V. Switzer” and was the first woman to run and finish. She is not recognized, however, because officiant Jock Semple, upon finding she was a woman, attempted to eject her from the race. The only reason she was able to cross the finish line is that her boyfriend held Semple down to allow her to finish. In 1980, scandal befell the Boston Marathon when an amateur by the name of Rosie Ruiz seemingly came out of nowhere to win the women’s race. After going over the tapes, it was discovered that Ruiz had not been on film until about one mile before the finish line. She apparently had hoped into the race and crossed the finish line under false pretenses. She was quickly stripped of her aw
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