Before witnessing the Boston Marathon in person, I thought that the day earned its worth from everything leading up to the race rather than the race itself.
I still don’t think I’m entirely wrong...
The Boston Marathon is more than just the sum of its parts.
That doesn’t just apply to runners, either. Simply being in the vicinity of the marathon brings you into the fold.
The environment wraps you up in a tight hug, and there’s no stopping the spark from spreading.
Over 25,000 people toed the starting line this year.
That count doesn’t make it one of the largest races out there. But tens of thousands of runners in one place isn’t anything to scoff at either.
The sheer number of runners could easily make this race feel chaotic and cold.
In spite of that, the Boston Marathon turned out to be one of the warmest, closest, most supportive race environments that I’ve ever been a part of.
The Boston course is undeniably hard...
There’s no better time or place to test your limits than the Boston Marathon.
Runners feel safe enough to push the envelope on such a special occasion because of how well the race flows.
Everything at the Boston Marathon was arranged to a T...
The finish line funnel took all that confusion out of the equation to make sure that runners didn’t have to think about anything except their own well-being while slowly peeling back their race blinders.
The race structure essentially addressed every detail and need that runners could ask for, before they even knew to ask.
There weren’t any questions left up in the air that could distract them from their best intentions…including one of the biggest potential distractors: an enthusiastic audience.
It would be easy for everyone on the sidelines to get caught up in the fervor and end up adding to the chaos trying to support their runners and follow them through the city.
25,000 runners translates to many times that in the crowd, and there’s nothing like an overeager bystander when it comes to getting underfoot.
But Boston took steps to keep the sidelines as clean as the course...
All that being said, Boston put as much effort into helping the crowds as the runners because both sides play a part in pulling off the day.
Everyone in the area had their own job to do and cooperate to make the whole thing run like a well-oiled machine.
When so many little pieces actually come together, it seems like a miracle.
But it’s a coordinated effort – not luck – that makes it all function properly.
There’s really no such thing as “the sidelines” because everyone contributes to the bigger picture.
Boston honors its hallmark race in style.
The winning combination of a daunting challenge, smart organization, and effective teamwork fuels a citywide celebration.
The marathon has been held on Patriot’s Day, a Massachusetts holiday, since 1897 so that no one misses out on the festivities.
Everyone is Boston Strong on Marathon Monday.
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