Inspired by the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, the Boston Marathon has welcomed the toughest of the tough along a 26.2-mile journey for well over a century. Marking its 122nd year, the Marathon has grown from just 15 to now 30,000 participants -- and that doesn’t even include a fraction of the fans. Last year, 1 million spectators made their way to watch the runners zoom on by.
With an incredible spirit from participants and all who watch, the Marathon is a testament to “Boston Strong,” felt in the race, in the stands and around the world. Now five years since the Boston bombings, crowds will come together to witness another year of triumphant moments in so many lives.
This year, the Marathon, organized by the Boston Athletic Association, celebrates a “Year of Service” -- an ode to the 1918 Boston Marathon Military Relay and all firefighters, doctors, nurses, military, law enforcement and BAA volunteers serving the local community and country.