THE 2021 Boston Marathon marks the 125th event and will require runners to be fully vaccinated or to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test.
The Boston Marathon is known as the world’s oldest annual marathon and will take place just one day after the Chicago Marathon.
When is the 2021 Boston Marathon?
The 2021 road race will take place on Monday, October 11, 2021, also known as Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day.
This year marks the first event since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and will feature around 20,000 runners, a decrease of 10,000 from the 2019 race.
The race will begin at 8 a.m. EST and will air on FuboTV or live on NBC Sports Network.
Athletes will compete on the historic Boston Marathon course that spans 26.2 miles through eight cities.
The runners will start from Hopkinton and finish in Boston on Bolyston Street.
The race will also include a prize fund totaling $ 876,500 and will be split equally between the men and women of the Open, Masters and Wheelchair divisions.
The 1st runner will receive $ 150,000 while the 1st runner in the wheelchair division will receive $ 25,000 according to the event website.
When was the first Boston Marathon held?
The history of the Boston Marathon dates back to 1897.
The race was inspired after the success of the first marathon competition at the 1896 Summer Olympics.
The race is usually held in the spring, but has been moved to the fall due to the pandemic.
Geoffrey Mutai currently holds the men’s course record with a time of 2:03:02, while Buzunesh Deba holds the women’s record with a time of 2:19:59.
Was there a Boston Marathon bombing?
During the 2013 event, there was a domestic terrorist attack near the historic finish line.
As a result, three people died and more than 260 people were injured.
The suicide bombers were later identified as brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, 28, Tsarnaev.
Tamerlan died in the attacks while Dzhokhar was later convicted of the crime and could face the death penalty again after his death sentence was overturned in July 2020.
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