Did you run the Boston Marathon?
Or maybe you were there on Monday cheering on runners chasing the 26.2-mile finish line.
Right now, thousands of Boston Marathon finishers are on a post-marathon high thinking about their own personal victories from Hopkinton, Mass., to downton Boston.
It’s the most famous marathon in the world. But there’s a lot about the Boston Marathon you might not know.
Check out these 26.2 fun facts about the Boston Marathon.
The first place finishers at the 126th Boston Marathon are:
Running 26.2 miles is hard. But at the Boston Marathon, runners get a lot of support from spectators as they make their way from Hopkinton, Mass., to downtown Boston.
This year, the two oldest Boston Marathon finishers are both 81 years old.
Like tracking steps on your phone, watch, or fitness tracker? Check this out. The average step count to finish the Boston Marathon is:
Ever wonder why the Boston Marathon is held on the third Monday in April?
It's Patriot's Day. It's a state-observed holiday in Maine and Massachusetts.
The holiday commemorates early battles fought in the area during the Revolutionary War.
The course records for the Boston Marathon are:
Men: Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) Time: 2:03:02 in 2011
Women: Buzunesh Deba (Ethiopia) Time: 2:19:59 in 2014
Did you know women were once prohibited from running the Boston Marathon?
Finish in the top 10 at the Boston Marathon, and you'll get more than a medal, T-shirt, and race swag:
Prize money for winners includes:
How long has the Boston Marathon been around?
Well, this year marked the 126th year of the race.
The first Boston Marathon was held in 1897.
Runners have been stepping up to this starting line longer than any other marathon in the world.
There's a famous section along the Boston Marathon route that can make or break you.
Heartbreak Hill. It's tough climb around mile 20. But it's downhill to the finish after that.
Did you know the Boston Marathon used to start at noon?
Ever wonder how many port-a-potties the Boston Marathon needs for the event?
Run enough miles, and you're bound to experience chafing.
So how does the Boston Marathon help runners deal with it?
Pick up your race packet at the Boston Marathon Expo, and you'll get your race bib (and other swag), along with safety pins to attach your race number.
Need an easy-to-digest food source to prevent cramping and boost energy? Grab a banana.
There's 26 aid stations along the Boston Marathon route where you can get help.
Thirsty? Feeling dehydrated? Stop at an aid station...
Thinking about running the Boston Marathon next year? You'll need to run a qualifying race first within a certain time based on your age and gender:
Men: Boston Marathon qualifying times
Women: Boston Marathon qualifying times
Well not everybody. But the 25,000+ people who run the Boston Marathon are from all over the world (all 50 states and 122 countries)
The first Boston Marathon held in 1897 only had 18 participants.
In 2014, 35,671 runners participated in the Boston Marathon, the most in all 126 years.
The late Boston Marathon legend John A. Kelly finished the 26.2-mile race 58 times beginning in 1928. He won the race twice in 1935 and again in 1945.
The unicorn on Boston Marathon medals, T-shirts, and other items is the logo of the Boston Athletic Association.
Even though the Boston Marathon was cancelled in April 2020 because of COVID-19, it still didn't stop the race from happening.
How popular is the Boston Marathon?
Here's a little Google insight. "Boston Marathon" gets searched an average of:
WeeViews ambassador, ultrarunner, and founder of Inside Out Athlete Lucie Hanes was at the Boston Marathon to cheer on every runner chasing the 26.2-mile finish line.
To all the runners who stepped up to the starting line of the Boston Marathon, congrats for going the distance.
If you were cheering on a Boston Marathon runner at the race or virtually, you no doubt helped your runner make it to the finish line.
The next Boston Marathon...April 17, 2023.