With the Boston Marathon coming up here are five fun facts about the race from ESPN!
- The Boston Marathon is iconic for a reason—it’s both the oldest (dating back to 1897) and the fastest (median time of 3:44) marathon in the country.
- Women were officially excluded from the race until 1972. Kathrine Switzer, the first woman famously entered as “KV Switzer” in 1967 and was nearly stopped by official Jock Semple. Our swift sister dodged his grabby hands and ran on to cross the finish with a kick ass time of 4 hours and 20 minutes.
- As the final finishers run through the line, race director Dave McGillivray heads back to Hopkinton to run the 26.2-mile course in memory of his grandfather, as he’s done for 39 straight years.
- It takes a village! From water-stop duties to Porta-Potty patrol, more than 8,000 volunteers are on hand to ensure a seamless event.
- After receiving their finisher’s medal, satisfied runners stumble through the corral, where volunteers wrap the racers in Mylar thermal blankets (35,000 are ordered for race day). The shiny sheets prevent post-race chills—and make the racers look like superheroes.