It's Time To Get Off Your Bum Because It's The Annual Boston Marathon

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What started with only 15 participants in 1897, presently has over 30,000 participants running within the Boston Marathon!

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The start of something truly amazing! #Boston2021

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When people consider the Boston Marathon, they often recall that fateful day six years ago when two pressure cooker bombs detonated close to the finish line. This killed three people and injured hundreds of more. We'll never forget that tragic day. The strong survivors showed the world that nothing can knock them down.

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How could someone do something like this!?! My thoughts and prayers visit the people there! #bostonmarathon #bostonmarathon2021 #pray

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The Boston Marathon began in 1897. Inspired by a race in the 1986 Summer Olympics. It’s a 26.2-mile long race held annually on Patriot’s Day, the third Monday in April. It ranks because the world's best road racing event.

The course runs from Hopkinton in Southern Middlesex County to Copley Square in Boston. Professionals and amateurs alike take on the challenging terrain in hopes of being the winner as an average of 500,000 spectators visit see this amazing race and to cheer on friends, family, and strangers alike.

Each year, the amount of participants increases. In 2021, the total number of registered participants was 26,839. In 2021, following the bombing, the total number of registered participants actually increased to 35,671. After 2021, the registration stayed near 30,000. It will be exciting to see how many people turn out this year.

Some well-known faces will appear among the anticipated 30,000 runners this season. NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson East and her NFL Athlete husband Andrew East, Gold Medal Marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson, and Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, one of the world's best ultrarunners Scott Jurek, Supernatural actors Jared and Genevieve Padalecki, and chef Palak Patel.

Past celebrities who took part in the Boston Marathon include:

  • Will Ferrell who ran having a finishing time of 3:56:12 in 2003.
  • Mario Lopez who ran having a finishing time of 5:41:42 in 2002.
  • Valerie Bertinelli who ran with a finishing time of 5:14:37 this year.
  • Ali Landry who ran with a finishing time of 5:41:41 in 2002.
  • Harry Reid who ran with a finishing time of 3:16:00 in 1972.
  • Lisa Ling who ran having a finishing time of 4:34:18 in 2002.
  • Joey McIntyre who ran with a finishing time of 3:57:00 in 2021.
  • Tedy Bruschi who ran having a finishing time of 5:26:02 this year.
  • Michael Dukakis who ran with a finishing duration of 3:31:00 in 1951.
  • David James Elliot who ran with a finishing time of 4:57:23 in 2000.
  • Ryan Sutter who ran with a finishing time of 3:36:02 this year.

It's not easy to become one of the many who completed this challenging trek.

Will you join the bunch eventually?

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