We all know about the devastating events that took place at the 2013 Boston Marathon. One year later, the 2014 race was an amazing success. The weather was perfect, and the volunteers and supporters were at their best. For the first time in 31 years, an American male, Meb Keflezighi, won the Boston Marathon. New course records and PR’s were set in the women’s field. Runners who had yet to run Boylston and cross the finish line in 2013, finally had their opportunity. And very emotionally, victims were remembered and honored.
Understandably there is a lot being said about the Boston Marathon this week. It is truly an iconic race among runners, and now it has so much more meaning for those both inside and outside of the running community. The Boston Marathon began in 1897 and is the worlds oldest annual marathon. The race is unique for several reasons; first, it’s run on a Monday (Patriots Day), the start time is later in the day than most typical marathons (elite women start at 9:32, elite men and wave 1 10:00, etc.), and it is the only marathon you have to qualify to enter and run. A runner has to complete a certified marathon in under a certain amount of time based on age and gender. The glory of qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon is felt by all runners who make it to the finish line (demonstrated in all the Boston Marathon related clothing that people buy!).
You have done all the training, and completed the race. Now what? Luckily, races aren’t just races anymore. They have become events. There are pre-race events, and more importantly there are post-race events. In fact, some people run the races just for the post-race events.
We are lucky in this day and age to have many race options. Adventure races, running races, bike races, swim events, and mutlti-sport races. There are many options to choose from. So why not try them all, or at least one or two races out of your comfort zone? If you have been doing the same type of race month after month, year after year, now is the time to try something new!