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12 Facts About Boston Marathon
The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events.
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Boston Marathon was originally a local event, but its fame and status have attracted runners from all over the world.
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For most of its history, the Boston Marathon was a free event, and the only prize awarded for winning the race was a wreath woven from olive branches.
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The race will be the fourth of the five World Boston Marathon Majors held in 2021; all the events in the series are being run in the space of six weeks between late September and early November.
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Boston Marathon is open to runners 18 or older from any nation, but they must meet certain qualifying standards.
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For many marathoners, to qualify for Boston is a goal and achievement in itself.
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Boston Marathon is considered to be one of the more difficult marathon courses because of the Newton hills, which culminate in Heartbreak Hill near Boston College.
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In 1975, the Boston Marathon became the first major marathon to include a wheelchair division competition.
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In 1986, the introduction of prize money at the Boston Marathon gave the push rim wheelchair division the richest prize purse in the sport.
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