For the first time in the history of the Boston Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), in partnership with John Hancock and Manulife Financial, will host the Boston Marathon World Run. While an estimated 36,000 participants will toe the start line at tomorrow's 118th Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass., the B.A.A. invites runners around the world to join in the celebration.
The B.A.A. aims to make Marathon Monday a worldwide event that celebrates fitness, movement and a commitment to personal goals surrounding this.
Participants are invited to visit the Boston Marathon World Run's website and pledge how far they will run, walk or wheel on Monday, April 21. Whether it's 26.2 miles or one, B.A.A. emphasizes that there is a marathoner in all of us.
Participation is free and all registrants will receive a printable bib number, digital finisher's medal and a printable finisher's certificate. Upon pledging their distance, participants are invited to make a donation to the One Fund, which was formed on April 16, 2013 by the Mayor of Boston to help those most affected by the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
As of Sunday, April 20, more than 10,000 people from around the world have signed up for the run, pledging to run more than 672,000 miles. More than 8,800 runners hail from the U.S., with other participants across the globe.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.bostonmarathonworldrun.org.