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Diatribe: An Ode to Marathon Monday

The Gavel's Diatribe acts as the satirical medium for short rants over topics ranging from complete triviality to utmost importance.

On any other day, I would hate to hear my alarm go off at 5:30 in the morning. But not today. Today is Marathon Monday, and that is something to smile about. Say what you want about Marathon Mondays, I don't care, I love them. The outrageous outfits, the weather, and the sense of community all factor into why Marathon Monday is BC’s best tradition. 

Compiling your Marathon Monday outfit begins way before the day of the race. People spend weeks trying to figure out what to wear. One Herrd user best described it: “Marathon Monday outfit planning is like writing an essay without a prompt.” However, once the outfit comes together, dressing up becomes almost as fun as Halloween. Punny t-shirts, trucker hats, and colorful sunglasses are staples you can find every year. If you’re really feeling the spirit of the day, body glitter, boas, and fake tattoos can be all the rage. 

Make sure to eat breakfast, because once the race starts, food is hard to come by. People will bring snack bags and borgs to keep energy levels up for the entire day. With their imaginative names and brightly colored drinks, borgs quickly became a Marathon Monday favorite. 

Students normally flock across Comm Ave to the off-campus houses. Across Foster, Gerald, and Kirkwood, you could find house pirates, huge sheet posters, and plenty of juniors that won't let you use their bathroom. To the dismay of the neighbors, the streets are impassable. Students spend hours talking, drinking, and getting excited to cheer on the first runners who come down Heartbreak Hill. 

Around mid-morning, the first couple of runners can be seen. Students run to the fences to cheer on the athletes who have trained for months. It is incredible to see so many people come together to celebrate the hard work of strangers. Students stand cheering for hours, waving at runners, giving motivation, and providing a comedic break after running 21 miles. 

As if cheering on the runners wasn't a good enough way for students to entertain themselves during the morning, Boston College has started a new tradition of putting on a concert, in hope of keeping kids on campus. While that may not have worked as well as the administration would have liked, the concert is highly anticipated by the student body. Last year Jason Derulo performed all our favorite middle school anthems, from “Talk Dirty” to “Wiggle.” Flo Rida is this year's performer and my friends and I have added “Apple Bottom Jeans” and “My House” to our pregame playlist in preparation. The concerts have proven to be a huge hit and provide the students with a sense of nostalgia, and another option for those who don't want to spend their Monday mornings drinking. 

Lastly, and probably the most important, is the Marathon Monday weather. Sunshine and warm weather put everyone in a better mood. Not to mention people can shed their winter jackets. In the middle of April, Boston is finally past the seemingly never-ending winter. The last two marathons have been sunny and warm, and the springtime weather is incredible for the vibes. 

Marathon Monday is set at the perfect point in the semester, a month before finals to give students a break before the rush of the end of the year. The day is spent outside, in the sun, surrounded by people looking to celebrate the hard training of all the runners. Decked out in feathers, glitter, and bright colors students get to listen to music and spend time with all their friends. It is a tradition Boston College has had for over fifty years and one I hope never goes away.