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    Boston 2015

    The Boston Marathon

    It doesnít matter to me if this year I am writing to a vacant forum; it is time for my annual thread on the marathon.

    This is our race. This is our city. When we moved here in 2008, I had no idea that I would really learn to love and appreciate Boston. There is a lot here that is done well: First Night, The Fourth of July, Sports, Venues, Championships and Duckboat Parades.

    The Marathon is special. This race and the weekend are just an amazing time here in the city. These last several years even more so.

    This past weekend the first visible signs of the marathon were evident downtown. The post-race family meeting signs were all installed on the block around the little Hancock tower. The bleachers along the library at the finish as well as the TV bridge that overlooks the finish line was being installed as well, they are now fully in place. The organizational vans have moved into Copley Plaza and the support structures are now established on The Common. All that is left is for the Medical Tent to be built in front of the Library.

    Our city gets a lot thinner and more tan this week. After our harsh winter it is not too uncharitable an observation that many Bostonians are perhaps a bit fluffier and pastier than they would normally be in mid-April. The marathoners from out of town tend to look like distance athletes and are easily recognizable wondering the city streets.

    Over the years I have learned that despite having tens of thousands of visitors this weekend it is still easy to get a cab or Uber as marathoners and their families walk everywhere. Residents donít shop at the downtown supermarket on Friday or Saturday as it is the closest grocery store to the finish line and will be overrun my runners buying their food. This is one weekend even regulars patrons of a bar/restaurant need a reservation. It is however, great to share our city.

    So, if you are running Boston 2015 and need any info or help Ė please let us know. We will be out cheering during the race, even though this is the first year we donít personally know any runners. We will be down near the 26 mile marker in the same place we have been for years, including 2013.

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    I'm reading! Thanks.

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    Me too. Nice to see this year's edition of the post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomK View Post

    Our city gets a lot thinner and more tan this week. After our harsh winter it is not too uncharitable an observation that many Bostonians are perhaps a bit fluffier and pastier than they would normally be in mid-April. The marathoners from out of town tend to look like distance athletes and are easily recognizable wondering the city streets.
    Lol. I won't take it personally.

    Nice writeup so far.

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    April 16 -

    Yesterday the City of Boston memorialized the 2013 Marathon. April 15th is now "One Boston Day" here in the city. There was an early morning ceremony at the finish line. The family of the youngest person killed, Martin Richard, unveiled two new banners at the finish line. The family has a charitable foundation and a sizable number of runners will complete the marathon for team "MR8."

    The Red Sox paused their game at Fenway Park to memorialize the day; stopping at the time of the first explosion for a moment of silence.

    Most of the construction of the temporary support facilities is now complete. However, that means road closures in downtown. Despite this being the 119th race it still seems to surprise a lot of people

    ​BOSTON STRONG!

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    Thanks for the write-up Tom. So how goes the snow-pack melt in Beantown?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverLocks View Post
    Thanks for the write-up Tom. So how goes the snow-pack melt in Beantown?
    The snow is finally clear along the race route. There is still snow is some areas of downtown and in the burbs - mostly under shade from trees or buildings.


    The BAA made good use of yesterday's great weather to repaint the finish line. It is a special place along Boylston, attracting visitors throughout the year. The blue and yellow looks particularity nice this year. Caren and I will join several thousand people on Sunday - walking along the course at the finish line, taking pictures and immersing ourselves in the energy that is several thousand runners and their families.

    Lots of evidence of runners already here in the downtown - I must have passed a half dozen people running in BAA gear as I walked to the office.

    ​BOSTON STRONG!

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