April 12, 2012
Five Awesome Spots to Catch the Boston Marathon
Every year, Bostonians from Back Bay to Hopkinton look forward to the third Monday in April, as a day of celebration – and heartbreak – for the famous Boston Marathon. Conveniently held on Patriots’ Day, a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord that started the American Revolutionary War, as many as five hundred thousand spectators line the 26.2 mile course to cheer on the twenty thousand runners streaming by, both elite and amateur.
The festive atmosphere overtakes the city and its western suburbs. We rounded up four of the best spots to get close to the action!
The small town is deep rooted in history as the starting place of the Boston Marathon. Overcome with runners, their families, and massive numbers of media, Hopkinton is a challenge to get to on race morning, but well worth it to feel the anticipatory energy of the runners in their starting corrals..
Marathoners go right past the Natick Common, which is surrounded by a small but thriving downtown. American Legion Post 107 will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers to raise money for Natick schools.
Just after Wellesley College and the famous Scream Tunnel formed by students cheering on marathoners, the route winds through Wellesley Square. There, spectators can stop at Wellesley Books to pick up some tips on running, including the “Great Runs’’ suggesting scenic and historic places to jog or walk in several towns in the area.
Last year Boston College students decided it was time to stake out their unique position at the top of Heartbreak Hill, encouraging students to be good cheerleaders, and this year organizers plan to carry on the new tradition. BC is dubbing Mile 21 the Golden Mile, complete with golden pennies, rally towels, and “super fan’’ shirts.
5. The Finish Line
Just over from The Westin Copley to Boylston Street is where it all comes down to the end. The relief that washes over runners’ faces as they cross that blue and yellow line can be felt by the whole crowd. Remember that the Copley stop on the MBTA Green Line is closed on Marathon Monday, so if the finish line is your spectator destination, it’s best to grab the Orange Line to Back Bay and head over from there.
Best of luck to all the runners out there braving this crazy race – our hats are off to you and your endurance!