Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is the oldest yearly city marathon in the world, appearing for the first time in 1897.

In this first account of the Boston Marathon only 18 runners entered the race, but the number of participants has increased steadily since then. The largest field of runners so far was in 1996, when over 35,000 people finished the 100th Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon ranks as one of the most high-status running events in the world. This praiseworthy position is attain thanks to the long history of the race, the challenging course and the fact that you have to qualify to register as an official participant.

In order to qualify, every runner must have finished a proficient marathon within a certain timeframe determined by the age of the runner.

The renowned course of the Boston Marathon has been the same throughout most of the history of the race. The route follows 42.195 km of winding roads from country Hopkinton to urban Boston, and it is renowned for its level of complexity. Shortly after the 25k mark, the road start going up a series of hills, named the Newton Hills. These hills never reach truly high elevations, but their place after 25 km of downhill running, when glycogen stores are likely to have run out; can break even the toughest runner. The last of the four hills is known as Heartbreak Hill.

This hill does not, as one may think, get its name from the a lot of runners being heartbroken from the fact that they have to conquer yet another ascent, but the name does originate in the Boston Marathon.