Boston Marathon Essentials

The History

Today Boston draws around 25,000 starters, a big contrast to the 193 runners in 1948. Demand for race places has exploded in recent years - the 2010 event sold out in 67 days, while this year's race maxed out in just eight hours and three minutes.  The 2012 Boston Marathon is on April 16. Registration opens on September 12.

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The Route

The Elevation

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