2021-10-11 09:10:04 –
Boston — Autumn leaves replace spring daffodils, with more masks than Mylar blankets, and a delayed pandemic The 125th Boston Marathon finally departs Hopkinton on Monday for the long-awaited long run to Copley Square. I did.
The rolling start and shrinking field was the first time since the event started in 1897, as the organizers tried to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic change that forced the cancellation of last year’s race, so the social distance on the course. Made possible.
“It feels great to go out,” said race director Dave Magirivray. “Everyone is excited. I’m looking forward to a good day.”
A light rain welcomed the participants of Hopkinton Green. There, about 30 Massachusetts soldiers in uniform departed at 6 am. Some completed a 26.2 mile (42.2 km) distance in Chicago a day ago. This is followed by men’s and women’s specialties.
“We took things for granted before COVID-19. It’s great to be back in the community and we’re looking at things,” he walked with the fourth military group. Captain Greg Davis, 39, of the National Guard, said. “This is a historic race, but today is a historic day.”
Lawrence Cherono of Kenya and Walknesh Degefa of Ethiopia did not return to defend the 2019 title, but 13 past champions and 5 Tokyo Paralympic gold medal winners are in the professional arena I was in Tokyo.
It has been held every year since the Bostonian group returned from the 1896 Athens Olympics and decided to run their own marathon. The race was held during World War and even during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. However, it was initially postponed, canceled last year, and postponed from the spring of 2021.
This is the first time the event has not been held in April as part of Patriot’s Day holiday to commemorate the start of the Revolutionary War. To celebrate Indigenous Day, the race organizers honored the 1936 and 39 winners Ellison “Tarzan” Brown and the three-time runner-up Paticatalano Dillon, a member of the Mi’kmaq tribe.
To control the spread of the coronavirus, runners had to show evidence that they were vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19. The organizers also redesigned the start, so more than 18,000 recreational runners didn’t wait in a crowded enclosure for the waves to begin. Instead, you can get off the bus at Hopkinton.
56-year-old Doug Flannery, who lives in Illinois, was waiting for the start of his sixth Boston Marathon. “It gives people the hope that things are starting to return.”
Police were visible throughout the course as authorities vowed to remain vigilant after a bombing that killed three spectators and injured hundreds on Boylston Street near the Back Bay finish line.
However, fewer crowds were expected to line the course through eight cities and towns. Wellesley College students are told not to kiss runners as they pass through the school’s iconic “screaming tunnel” near the midpoint.
The Associated Press writer Jennifer McDermott of Hopkinton, Massachusetts contributed to this report.
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