6 Things to Do on Marathon Monday
Every year on Patriot’s Day, the city of Boston stops everything to host the Boston Marathon. Because the marathon is one of the most prestigious in the world, the city is in a festive mood. Those who aren’t running find a way to celebrate and support the runners. As a Boston resident, it’s fun to take part, even if you aren’t a runner. Here are some ideas:
Hit the Streets
On marathon day, it’s especially fun to hit the streets to watch the race. In fact, if you know people who are running it can be fun to watch them pass through several locations. For example, if you watch the start of the race in Hopkinton, you’ll have plenty of time to make your way to the finish line at Copley Square. Other great places to view the race include Natick, which has a town green with an excellent viewing area, and Chestnut Hill, which is the site of the infamous Heartbreak Hill.
The Boston Athletic Association is a nonprofit organization that puts on the marathon each year. They’re always looking for volunteers
! Tasks include setting up, cleaning up, and handing out water and sports drinks to the runners. In addition to having a front row seat to one of Boston’s most hailed events, donating your time is a great way to participate in the community. As an extra perk you’ll also receive a commemorative pin, a cool volunteer jacket, and an invite to the after-party.
Hold a Viewing Party
Another fun way to celebrate Marathon Monday is to have a house party. Invite people to meet you at your favorite marathon viewing spot, and then head to your apartment where the real fun can begin! Or, if you want to skip the crowds this year, skip the trek outside and invite people to watch televised footage of the race.
Support Bombing Victims
For many, the 2013 Boston Marathon ended in tragedy when bombs went off near the finish line. Some people lost their lives and others endured life-altering injuries. During this year’s marathon, why not donate some money to the victims and their families? Several groups exist that accept donations including One Fund Boston
, which was started by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino.
Even if you aren’t a runner, lacing up our sneakers on marathon day is a fun way to show your support. If you know someone who is running the race, run with them for a short time on the sidelines and cheer them on. For many, having people cheer for them is a great morale booster and can make all the difference. It may even help them finish the race!
Honor the Past
Although the two may not seem related at first glance, the Boston Marathon is viewed as a celebration of Patriot’s Day. The race has its roots in Ancient Greece. Because of the heroics of Pheidippides, a Greek soldier, the Athenians had enough warning to rally their troops to defeat the Persians. A marathon event can be looked at as a symbol of freedom and liberty. By participating in the Boston Marathon, you honor this sense of freedom.