Happy Patriot's Day
Today is 3rd Monday in April which is set to remember the Ride of Paul Revere… Henry Wadsworth Longfellow did a cool poem about Paul's ride, who in today's lingo would have said something like “Yo! Homies… those mad English dudes are here… go get your glocks and tech-9s… Aight?”
If you are in the New England area, you may actually have a little bit of a break today. If you are elsewhere in the country you may have no idea.
But if you are a runner… you know EXACTLY what day is today!!!
Today, is the 110th running of the Boston Marathon, or just “Boston”
Boston, although not the fastest course in the World (London and Chicago), it has the most history and is the second oldest athletic competition ( I beleive) only to the Kentucky Derby (which is like 132 years old). If you would like to learn more about the history of Boston, may I show you a link to Episode 40 of Phedippidations called The History of Boston. In fact, my friend, Steve is running the Boston marathon this afternoon and will be recording his race to be the main content of Episode 41 which will be out later this week. You can track Steve's progress by going to www.baa.org, click on Athlete Tracking and enter in the bib #23116. If you know of someone who is running Boston, you can enter in their name and find them, or you can follow Steve, I will be. Each runner wears a timing chip on their ankle or shoe, and when the running runs over special mats, the signal from the chip is captured. Through the wonders of modern day technology, that unique signal identifies the runner and save the time for that distance. A notification is then sent to the website which update's the runner's progress and in addition an email is sent out to a list for updates via email and/or mobile phones. This is done for all 20,000 runners today.
Getting into Boston is not easy for most. There are qualiying standards to get into Boston and unlike New York City Marathon, there is no lottery. If I want to qualify for Boston, I have to run no slower than a 3:15:59 which corresponds to an average 7:29 mile pace. My current PR for the marathon is a 4:09:03, which means that I would have to cut off 53 minutes off my current time, not an easy feat. A few runners do get personal invites from the Boston Atheletic Association to run in Boston but you typically have to earn them.
Time Schedule for Today:
10:00 a.m. Mobility Impaired Start
11:25 a.m. Wheelchair Division Start
11:31 a.m. Elite Women's Start
12:00 noon Elite Men's Start and Wave One Start
12:30 p.m. Wave Two Start (Steve starts here)
Follow Live Updates on the www.baa.org website
Boston Marathon on TV
11:30 – 2:30 Outdoor Life Network (OLN)
5:00 – 7:00 Encore Presentation Outdoor Life Network (OLN)
One last thought, Steve's current marathon PR is 4:23:06 and he is looking to break the 4 hour mark. So, make sure that you follow his progress and although he won't be able to hear you out on the course, give him a word of encouragment or two…