Be Inspired by the Boston Marathon
The 118th Boston Marathon is scheduled for April 21, 2014. In spite of concerns that last year’s attack at the finish line might deter runners, this year the field has increased by 9,000 qualified runners from the usual 27,000 to 36,000. Runners that were unable to finish the marathon last year have also been invited back. According to the B.A.A. website;
This change was part of our response to the acts that took place in April. Our city, our state, our nation and our sport are uniting to show that we don’t give in to such things and that we honor those who were most affected by it. This represents a significant increase. The B.A.A. does not solely determine the size of the field in the Boston Marathon. A special exception was made this year to achieve the balance we spoke of above, to accommodate a large group of special runners (last year’s runners who did not finish), and to honor those most affected by what occurred in April 2013, achieving a fair balance of opportunity to athletes falling in various categories.
While the marathon ends at Copley Square, and thusly doesn’t go past the Devonshire, we are certainly well-aware of the huge surge in tourists Boston sees marathon weekend. It’s not that uncommon to see dozens of those space blankets walking around Downtown Boston as marathoners start crossing the finish line. We are just a few minutes walk from Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market and the historic North End, so we see plenty of marathoners and their families taking in the sites (and carb loaded dinners!) before they head back home.
Qualifying for the Boston Marathon is one of the hardest things any runner can do. And while many of our residents here at the Devonshire are avid runners, and a few will be racing in the 2014 Boston Marathon, we know that 26.2 miles doesn’t sound like a great time to others. But just because you aren’t a serious runner that doesn’t mean you can’t be inspired by the spirit of the Boston Marathon in other ways.
Donate to the One Fund
The One Fund Boston
was created to help provide financial support to the victims of the marathon bombings. On June 28, 2013 the One Fund began distribution of over $60 million to more than 200 victims and families. Donations received after June 27, 2013, will be used to support the ongoing needs of those most affected by the attacks. To date, One Fund Boston has raised $71.3 million from all 50 states and over 50 countries around the world.
Join a Boston Running Club
Even if you’ve never run a mile in your life it’s never too late to lace up your sneakers and #runforBoston. There are dozens of running clubs in and around Boston
for runners of every experience level. Some running clubs have membership fees to help pay for coaching, race entry fees, group pizza parties and more, but there are also several free running clubs
that you can jump in with. You can even join up with the Marathon Sports
running club, whose windows were blown out at the finish line last year.
Support this Year’s Runners
With 9,000 extra runners in the 2014 Marathon, we can only speculate how many thousands more spectators there will be along the course this year. And with 26.2 miles of course, you don’t have to stick around Boston if you want to support this year’s runners. If you do want to head over to the finish line be aware that security measures have been upped this year and you won’t be allowed to bring any bags. Your energy and cheers from the sidelines help push the runners to keep moving forward, so find a stretch of road in the middle of Ashland or Wellesley and cheer the marathoners on!