Watching the Boston Marathon 

Elite runner Sisay Lemma at mile eight leading the Marathon. Lemma won in a time of 2:06:17 averaging 4:49 per mile over the entire distance. (Photo courtesy of Banks Blizzard)

When stepping off the plane arriving in Boston you can feel the excitement in the air. Runners are filled with excitement all around the city and even in the outside towns surrounding Boston. 

The Boston Marathon is one of the largest marathons and is one of the six marathon world majors; over 25,000 people run it every year. 

The marathon starts in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and ends in the heart of Boston on Boylston Street. 

As you watch the runners take off, the atmosphere is electric. People are cheering, waving signs, and ringing cowbells, all rooting for their loved ones and favorite runners. Along the route, from the suburbs to Boston’s busy streets, it’s a mix of history and excitement from the crowd

At mile eight, top Olympic athletes run along the road in the top pack. The elite pack usually consists of 10-15 runners, then things really start to spread out. As stampedes of runners run up the hill at mile eight, it truly is a spectacle to experience. 

You’ll see runners pushing themselves, their faces showing determination and grit. But it’s not just about them — it’s about the crowd, too. Whether you’re cheering for a friend or just there to enjoy the vibe, you’ll feel connected to everyone around you.

With over 200,000 spectators, the Boston Marathon brings in more people than any other event in the state. 

As the race progresses, you’ll witness moments of triumph and joy as runners cross the finish line. It’s a celebration of hard work and dedication, and you can’t help but feel proud to be a part of it.

Whether you’re a seasoned spectator or a first-timer, watching the Boston Marathon is an unforgettable experience. 


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