It’s almost here. Yes, I’m talking about Monday, 4/20.
No, I’m not excited for that reason!!
Held on Patriots Day, Monday is the 119th running of the Boston Marathon. It could be a wet race with rain in the forecast. But, that won’t make it any less exciting. Last year’s winner, Meb Keflezighi, is back to defend his title against a strong field. So, the poor weather could play into his favor as a number of the other notable international runners, such as Wilson Chebet, Welsey Korir, and Gebre Gebremariam, all have personal bests that are faster than Keflezighi’s.
The women’s field is also a strong one with Buzunesh Deba, Mare Dibaba, and, of course, Shalane Flanagan. The American and Massachusetts native, Flanagan, is back again to try and finally claim what’s been an elusive victory. She’s spent plenty of time training on the Boston course, and has had her eyes set on the race for years. We’ll see if she can finally pull it out.
How to watch:
If you aren’t in Boston and spectating along the course from Hopkinton to Boylston Street, here are your two best options to watch the race.
- Live on Universal Sports Network or UniversalSports.com starting at 8:30 a.m ET. Universal Sports will also have an hour-long preview show on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.
- Or, for those who don’t subscribe to Universal Sports, you can watch live online at watchlive.baa.org.
If you live in Boston, you can catch local coverage on WBZ4.
Good luck to all of the runners at Boston. It’s truly one of the great sporting events and now an even bigger symbol of perseverance and the human spirit. I can still remember my first Boston like it was yesterday.
And a special shout out to one of the athletes that I coach who will be running. Be patient on the downhills during the first 10k, then go for it!