Boston Marathon Sparks Interest in Local Races

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Photo from Paul Keleher via Flickr

Photo from Paul Keleher via Flickr

The Boston Marathon is one of the most prestigious Marathons for competitive long distance runners. People from all over the world joined together today to compete in the 114th Boston Marathon event, including some of San Diego’s own.

The Boston Athletic Association, established in 1887, is among the nation’s oldest atheltic clubs. Since it’s first Marathon on April 19th, 1987, the Boston Marathon has become the world’s oldest annually contested marathon.  Awarding money prizes begain in 1986. The total prize money awarded this year’s 114th Boston Marathon will be $806,000.

Some facts about the race:

  • The centennial race in 1996 holds the all-time record for the World’s largest marathon: of the 36,748 who started, 35,868 finished.
  • The Boston Marathon became the first major marathon to include a wheelchair division in 1975.
  • Just behind the Super Bowl, the Boston Marathon takes second for the largest single day sporting event.
  • The Boston Marathon isn’t just like any marathon! The Boston marathon holds a certain eligibility and qualifications to participate.

Whether you’re a repeat marathon runner trying to qualify for Boston next year, a weekend sports enthusiast, or simply a spectator, San Diego offers something for everyone. There are numerous 5K, 8K, and 10K races throughout the spring and summer that can help you get your feet wet on the competitive racing circuit. In addition, there are a few longer races that take place around San Diego.

As the San Diego climate is mild most of the year, racing season can extend into the summer. This year’s races include the La Jolla 1/2 Marathon which takes place this weekend, Sunday, April 25th. The race leads competitors from the Del Mar Fairgrounds to the La Jolla Cove, with a large hill climb through Torrey Pines. The hill is daunting; in fact, the La Jolla 1/2 marathon is known to be one of America’s most challenging 1/2 marathons because of it.

The annual Rock and Roll Marathon will take place on Sunday, June 6th. The race begins at Balboa park and is primarily a flat course. This race is especially great for spectators because of the live music; bands play along every mile of the 26.2 mile course. In addition to the music on the course, there will also be an after party at the finish line, including a concert, beer, and food. This year’s finish will be at Sea World, so it will promise to be a good time for everyone.

Unfortunately both the La Jolla 1/2 and the Rock and Roll races are sold out. If you’re interested in participating, you’ll have to wait until the last big run of the season: The America’s Finest City 1/2 Marathon and 5K, taking place Sunday, August 15.

If you want to participate, mark your calendars. If you don’t want to participate, mark you calendars, too! Keep in mind there are thousands of runners participating in each of these races and driving on local roads and highways will be affected.

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