At a glance

Location Boston, United States
Happening in: April
Race categories: Full Marathon
Next on: April 18th, 2016
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Boston Marathon
The race

One of the World Marathon Majors, the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's most prestigious road racing events. Managed by the Boston Athletic Association since 1897, the Boston Marathon has distinguished itself by virtue of its traditions, longevity and race entry via qualification. The incredible demand for participation in the event led to Boston qualifying times (BQ) being tightened in 2011, and a change in the application process prioritising faster runners.

The race runs through eight Massachusetts cities and towns: Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and Boston. Given its series of hills en route, it is considered to be one of the tougher races around. Race results from the Boston Marathon do not count towards marathon world records due to the overall decrease in elevation over the 42km and the westward race route permitting for tailwinds. A crowd of half a million spectators gather to show support annually.

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