Boston Marathon & Half Marathon
Boston, MA USA
April 21, 2014

Information about the Boston Marathon

Boston is the capital of the State of Massachusetts. The city of Boston is the largest city of the state and is also among the oldest cities in the United States. Boston has a rich history and culture. It was incorporated as a town in 1630. In 1822, the town was turned into a city making it one of the oldest cities in America. Boston began as a homesteading area, and it evolved into a center for the advocacy of social and political change. Today, Boston is an economic hub in the New England region.

Besides its influence in economics and commerce, Boston is also renowned for hosting important social and cultural events. According to the official estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau conducted in March 2011, Boston is home to over 610,000 people. Also, the city is home to many institutions of higher learning and some of the finest hospitals in the world. The hospitals in the city cater both inpatients and outpatients. Also, Boston offers job opportunities in various industries including health care, education, finance, and services sectors. In addition, the city's transportation system is one of the best in the world. Residents and visitors can use a variety of transportation modes to navigate the city.

In Boston, visitors and residents can go anywhere on foot, and this is why the city is often referred to as the "walking city." Boats are found in Boston's Harbor, and they are an alternative means of transportation. The water taxis provide a great way to see the city's skyline and famous buildings. The Harbor is a busy place, and it is always filled with festivities and crowds trying to go to their next destinations. Nonetheless, buses and trains are the most reliable modes of transportation for commuters. Finally, bicycling can also be used to cover short distances within the city.

Millions of people visit the city each year to enjoy the historic neighborhoods and participate in the annual sporting events. The Boston Marathon is the largest sporting event held in the city, and it is the world's oldest annual marathon. The Boston Marathon is one of the world's most prestigious road-racing events as the Marathon has distinguished itself from all the other marathons in the world by virtue of its traditions, qualifying requirements and longevity. The Boston Athletic Association manages the event, and it is sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services.

The course for the race covers 42.195 kilometers of winding roads through eight cities in Massachusetts. Because of the Hilly terrain including the Newton Hills and the Heartbreak Hill covered by the course, the Boston Marathon is very challenging. The Boston Marathon uses a computerized timing system with digital clocks located after each mile. The finish line for the event is located at Copley Square. To qualify for the event, all runners must be at least 18 years old, and they need to participate in a certified marathon and attain the required time beforehand.