Here comes again the annual Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest marathon dating back in 1897. This year 2010 is the 114th Boston Marathon which showcases over 25,000 runners.
Boston Marathon or more commonly known as the “Marathon Monday” is being held on Patriots Day, a civic holiday to commemorate the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord which is the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.
According to their qualifying times, those who aspire to join Boston Marathon should be in the age range of 18–34 years old and must run a time of no more than 3:10:59 (3 hours and 10 minutes) if you’re a male, or 3:40:59 (3 hours and 40 minutes) if you’re a female. These qualifying times, however, is adjusted upward as age increases.
This year, the Boston Marathon 2010 course map starts on Main Street in the rural New England town of Hopkinton and follows Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley to where Route 135 joins Route 136. It continues along Route 16 through Newton Lower Fall, turning right at the firestation onto Commonwealth Avenue, which is Route 30. It then follows Commonwealth through the Newton Hills bearing right at the reservoir onto Chestnut hill Avenue to Cleveland Circle. The route then turns left onto Beacon Street continuing through Kenmore Square, and under Massachusetts Avenue. The course turns right onto Hereford Street then left onto Boylston Street finishing near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.
For the live race day coverage, you can tune in here. Meanwhile, here is the 2010 Boston Marathon Course Map.