Reference Entry

Boston Marathon

in Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport

Third edition

Published by Berkshire Publishing Group

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9781933782676
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190622695
Boston Marathon

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The Boston Marathon is one the oldest and most prestigious distance running events in the world. Each April it attracts an international field of top marathoners along with thousands of amateur runners. The race has been a pioneer in the globalization of sports, as well as in participation by women and by disabled athletes. The marathon’s overall downhill trajectory—apart from the dreaded “Heartbreak Hill” in Newton—makes the course fast, so Boston times that make records now receive an asterisk. The marathon was the target of a bombing attack in April of 2013.

Reference Entry.  1592 words. 

Subjects: Sports and Outdoor Recreation

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