The Boston Marathon is revered by locals and long-distance runners from around the world.
Schools, as well as many offices, are closed on Marathon Monday—which is always held on Patriots Day, a state holiday. Hundreds of thousands of people flood the streets to support some 30,000 runners making the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boylston Street.
The historic and iconic race (Boston is the world’s oldest marathon) is often considered one of the more difficult courses. That’s why, if it’s your first Boston rodeo, it pays to be prepared.
Even though you’ve done all your training (no last-minute runs will improve your fitness at this point), you can adopt some marathon strategies and avoid rookie mistakes so you attack the race like a professional.
Here, Boston Marathon experts share their insight on what all beginners should know in order to run their best marathon.