Boston Preps for 115th Marathon MondayApril 16, 2011
Bostonians have celebrated Patriots’ Day for over a hundred years by cheering for marathon runners and encouraging
them to the finish line. This year is no exception. The locals are already scouting their position along the 26.2-mile race course, and planning which bar/restaurant to settle into and watch the runners compete. Competitors from all over the world are arriving in Boston for the big day – over 20,000 total participants this year.
The marathon starting line is setup in historic Hopkinton, a suburb about 26.2 miles southwest of the Back Bay. Many consider Hopkinton prime real estate, because residents have a front row seat from the beginning of the race and it’s a great place to live and celebrate Patriots’ Day. Many of the elite Kenyan runners stay in Hopkinton for Marathon weekend and are seen by locals on practice runs.
The finish line is ceremoniously assembled on Boylston Street in the Back Bay.
Spectators in luxury high rise condos can overlook the course and watch the race from nearby penthouse rooftops. The upper floors of the Fairmont Copley is also a coveted onlooker location, especially since the awards ceremony is held here afterwards.
For many locals, it’s business as usual on Patriots’ Day. Make sure you’re aware of the road closures and T schedules this Monday. I’ll be working, so don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to see one of my luxury high rise condo listings overlooking the Boston Common and Public Garden. It’s a short walk from the marathon finish line with breathtaking, picturesque views.