Boston Marathon Trivia
Because the third month in April (and previously April 19th) is the “Patriots’ Day” state holiday in Massachusetts (and Maine).
Don’t remember Patriots’ Day from high school history class? It celebrates the midnight ride of Paul Revere (and Samuel Prescott and William Dawes) to warn the local colonialists about the British troops marching on Concord and Lexington and the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.4. The Boston Marathon is the oldest continually run marathon in the world. The first Boston Marathon was run in 1897, just one year after the first modern marathon was run in the 1896 Athens Olympic Games.5. From 1897 until 1921, the official distance of the Boston Marathon was only 24.8 miles. In 1924 the course was lengthened to the standard 26.2 or 26 miles and 385 yards.6. You can’t set an official World Record on Boston Marathon course because of there is a loss of elevation from the start to finish lines of 477 feet which is outside the IAAFs requirements of 1m elevation change per 1 km – 42 m or just over 137 feet)7. Oldest Boston Marathon finisher? Katherine Beiers at 83 years young in 2016 with a time of 5:44:538. The Boston Marathon used to have a noon start until 2006.9. The Boston Red Sox play a home morning game every Boston Marathon Day/ Patriots Day since 1968. Which meant that Red Sox fans would be leaving Fenway Park just as most of the marathon runners reached Kenmore Square and Mile But, Boston professional baseball teams (The Boston Beaneaters (now the Atlanta Braves) and the Boston Americans (now the Red Sox) have been playing home games in Boston on Patriots’ Day. since 1903, even before Fenway Park was built in 1912.10. In 1918, the Boston Marathon was run as a military relay race with 10 runners on each team. The team from Fort Deven Army Base took first placeHope you enjoyed our Boston Marathon trivia!And if you’re training for a marathon or half-marathon, don’t forget to sign up to get our free Marathon Training Tips guide. Enter your email to get the free download and our weekly running injury prevention emails!