10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Boston Marathon

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The fact that the Boston Marathon is the greatest foot race in the world is indisputable. Every runner in the world aspires to run Boston at least once. It’s the Holy Grail of running and has been for 117 years. On Monday, Patriots’ Day in Boston, 25,000 marathoners will start in suburban Hopkinton with their sights firmly set on the finish line on Boylston Street at Copley Square. Whether you are running or not, why not learn something new? Here are 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Boston Marathon.

Note: This article was originally published April 12, 2013.

Bob “Wish” Wischnia has more than 30 years of running industry experience across publishing, retail, web, and race organization. An Arizona State University alum, Wischnia has been a runner virtually his entire life, still competing in track and road race competitions. And in the free time he’s not pounding the pavement? He’s swimming, cycling, and catching days on the green.


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  • Patrice

    Close but no cigar… Most notably, the Dublin Marathon is held on the last Monday of October every year, a national bank holiday. Many “niche’ destination marathon are also held on Mondays, Tuesdays…or when ever they can.

  • EJ Hrynowski

    The Boston Marathon was always run on Patriots’ Day, but that was not always a Monday. Originally it was celebrated on April 19th (the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord) regardless of the day of the week. Amby Burfoot was the last runner to win a non-Monday Boston Marathon, in 1968 it was held on Friday April 19th. Since 1969, the Patriots’ Day holiday has been observed on the third Monday of April.