Today was a rest day for me, thank goodness, because I wouldn’t want to take anything away from that race. Actually I thought today I’d devote my blog to the Boston Marathon. This is probably only the 2nd time I’ve been able to watch the race. After all, its on a Monday. Not too many bosses would ok that reason for a day off.
I watched it live on my computer.
I have never seen such an exciting race as the women’s race. It reminded me of a thoroughbred horse race. All of a sudden, Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia, came out of nowhere and passed the 3 front runners to win. It was incredibly exciting.
While I was watching this race, this is what was gong on outside at my house.
Yep: cold, gray, flurries, foggy.
Here are some Boston trivia/facts:
The race’s organizer is the Boston Athletic Association and its principal sponsor is John Hancock Financial Services.
Visually impaired participants are allowed, but must have a five hour qualifying time. There are also categories for wheelchairs and handcycles.
Runners come from all over the world to participate. Participants must be 18 years of age on the day of the race and must meet certain time standards to qualify for their age group.
Here’s how it looked outside several hours after the race was over:
Colder, grayer, more flurries, foggier.
Back to the trivia:
April 19, 1897 – The first marathon is run and is 24.8 miles. There are 18 entrants, 15 starters, and 10 finishers.
1897-1968 – The race is run on April 19, Patriots’ Day, a holiday commemorating the start of the Revolutionary War only recognized in Massachusetts and Maine. In those years that April 19 falls on a Sunday, the race is held the next day, Monday the 20th.
1918 – A military relay is held instead of the marathon due to the United States involvement in World War I.
April 19, 1924 – The race is lengthened to 26.2 miles to conform to Olympic standards.
April 17, 1967 – Kathrine Switzer becomes the first woman to receive a number to run in the Boston Marathon. She enters the race under the name K.V. Switzer and wears baggy clothes to disguise herself. Females are not officially allowed to enter until 1972.
1969 – Patriots’ Day is changed to the third Monday in April, so the date of the race changes too.
1975 – A wheelchair division is added to the marathon.
April 15, 1996 – The 100th Boston Marathon is run. There are a record 35,868 finishers.
April 15, 2013 – Two bombs explode near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 180 people. April 8, 2015 – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is convicted on all 30 charges against him, and is found responsible for the deaths of Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier.
Looking out my window April 18, 2016:
More Cold, dark and gray, real snow not just flurries, too dark to tell if its foggy.
I’m trying to convince myself that (1) the puppies love snow so it’s ok. (2) we need the moisture so it’s ok, (3) this is normal Wyoming spring so it’s ok and (4) I am not going crazy, I just like to laugh hysterically and cry at the same time, so it’s ok.
Patient Husband just looked outside and said “there’s quite a bit of snow coming down”. Thanks. Thanks very much.
Next update will be arriving tomorrow. So keep moving (but not to Wyoming if you like warm weather).