Tomorrow, the city of Boston will celebrate Patriot's Day with the annual Boston Marathon. Inspired by the first modern marathon in the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, the Boston Marathon started in 1897. It is one of the most famous road racing events in the world and one of six World’s Marathon Majors (Tokyo, Boston, Berlin, London, Chicago, New York City).
Marathon Monday is always an exciting time for the Boston area. At the same time, Boston Police have warned residents and students to celebrate the event “responsibly.” In a statement, police said, “Mayor Menino and Commissioner Davis would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to celebrate responsibly to ensure a safe and trouble-free environment.”
Due to the large amount of tourists and crowds, there will be a heavy presence of Boston Police. Police said in a statement, “The Boston Police Department will be taking steps to increase patrols along the marathon route and at local drinking establishments.” There will be a “zero tolerance” for public drinking, open containers, and intoxication. “Congregating on rooftops, fire escapes and porches is prohibited,” police told Boston.com. Police also warned students to secure their dorms and keep their electronic devices hidden when they are outside in order to avoid potential thieves.
Boston College enjoys being at an exciting location on the route, at the top of Heartbreak Hill. However, only students 21 or older can access the Mods on Monday. The resident halls sent emails to all students urging them to comply with university policies, be aware of the guests in the buildings, and to respect the buildings and lounges. One of the dormitories at upper campus held a meeting to encourage the students to behave properly on Monday. “Be safe and smart on Monday,” an RA told the residents at the meeting.
At the 2011 Boston Marathon, Geoffrey Mutai from Kenya ran the fastest marathon ever in a time of 2 hours 3 minutes 2 seconds. Margaret Okayo, also from Kenya, set the women's course record with a 2:20:43 performance in 2002.
Other course records include:
- Men’s Masters: John Campbell (New Zealand), 2:11:04 (1990)
- Women’s Masters: Firaya Sultanova-Zhdanova (Russia), 2:27:58 (2002)
- Men’s Push Rim Wheelchair: Joshua Cassidy (Canada), 1:18:25 (2012)
- Women’s Push Rim Wheelchair: Jean Driscoll (United States) 1:34:22 (1994)