It’s that time again. Great spectacles call for new maps, and the Boston Marathon is a great spectacle. Run since 1897, making it (I believe) the first major marathon in the U.S., and currently one of the most prestigious marathons in the world. Runners must qualify at a rigorous level to make it in. For men in my age group, it’s a time of 3:05:00, meaning I have to shave a little more than an hour off of my time, and lose a few more toenails in the process.
We’re excited about the new map and happy to include some of the marathon’s great landmarks along the way, as well as some of the marathon’s colorful figures. We won’t reveal them–it’ll be a “Where’s Waldo?” game for real Boston marathon enthusiasts.
FAQ: Why does the marker say 25.2? Isn’t a marathon 26.2?
Good question: For runners, the one-mile-to-go mark is a significant psychological moment, the point at which you find new energy to pull through. So 25.2 is included and the course trails off further into the marathon’s actual finish line.