The Boston Marathon is as old as the modern Olympics. The first race took place in 1897 following the very first modern Olympic game. Today, it is the oldest and one of the most famous racing events in the world. Each year, the marathon takes place on Patriot’s Day, the third Monday of April. On April 15th, the 2019 Boston Marathon promises to be one of the biggest yet.
Registration for the 2019 marathon filled in just 9 days, receiving 30,458 applications before closing early. In anticipation of even greater demand next year, the Boston Marathon has raised the stakes for 2020, requiring 5-minute faster race times for entry.
A Brief History of the Boston Marathon
In its 122 years, the Boston Marathon has never been canceled. It has brought people together despite war and hardship, through each difficult year of the Great Depression, and more, taking its place in American history.
Although only men were allowed in the race until 1972, that didn’t stop women from finding a way. In 1966, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb entered and completed the marathon, giving no quarter to the sexist rule. She was followed in 1967 by Kathy Switzer who completed the race despite a race official’s attempt to rip off her numbers mid-race. The bravery of these women started a dialogue which ultimately opened the race to everyone regardless of gender.
It’s been six years since the tragedy that took three lives and left hundreds severely injured. Since that terrible event, staff has increased security to prevent another awful occurrence.
Today, the Boston Marathon welcomes people from all over the world with all abilities. Helping the world in a million little ways is part of what brings everyone together. The 2018 Boston Marathon raised $36.6 million for charity through more than 260 separate nonprofits. The 2019 event is bracing for an even greater positive impact.
Watch the 2019 Marathon
The Boston Marathon runs from Hopkinton State Park to Kenmore Square on April 15th, 2019. It is easy to find a place to watch on the sidelines, but the finish line is packed long before the first racers arrive. It is recommended to find a parking spot several blocks away from the race and walk up as the roads close at 7:15 am. You can also watch the marathon from your own home on NBC Sports Network. See more marathon-watching tips and directions.
Run in the 2020 Marathon
Running in the Boston Marathon is a lifelong goal for many athletes around the world. As the track is built for only 30,000 racers, the entry requirements are high. Registration will begin late summer or fall of 2019. Applicants must have completed a recent qualifying marathon within the following time limits:
Applicants must submit their official net time, aka chip time, at a qualifying race taking place on or after September 15th, 2018. Pools are based on age and gender on April 20th, 2020, the day of the race. Due to field size restrictions, the fastest applicants in each pool will be enrolled.
Get Qualified at the Bellingham Bay Marathon
The 2019 Bellingham Bay Marathon takes place Sunday, September 29th, 2019. There will be 5K and 10K runs, a half marathon, relay, and a full marathon that qualifies for the 2020 Boston Marathon. Sign up for early bird registration.
The Bellingham Bay Marathon is a gorgeous course along the coast of Bellingham. Runners come from all over the country to compete and to qualify for the upcoming Boston Marathon. We hope to see you there!