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Five fast facts about the Boston Marathon

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The Boston Marathon has long been one of the most sought-after and most prestigious marathon races in the world. The 2014 race is expected to be one of the biggest in history, and it is anticipated that more than one million spectators will line the course and cheer runners to the finish line.

In response to the 2013 bombings, organizers expect the 2014 race to be bigger than ever. According to the Boston Marathon website, the race will bring an estimated $142 million to the local economy in the weeks before and after the race. In addition, runners are expected to raise more than $12 million for charities. In total, there are 30 official Boston Athletic Association charities, and 1,395 charity runners are expected to be a part of the 2014 Boston Marathon event.

Before this year’s race, familiarize yourself with the following information. Below, you’ll find five interesting Boston Marathon fast facts.

Boston Marathon Fact No. 1
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Boston Marathon Fact No. 1

The race is held each year on Patriot’s Day — that’s the third Monday in April. That means the 2014 race will be held on April 21.

Boston Marathon Fact No. 2
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Boston Marathon Fact No. 2

The first edition of the Boston Marathon was held in 1897 in response to the popularity of the first Olympic marathon event held the previous year.

Boston Marathon Fact No. 3
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Boston Marathon Fact No. 3

The Boston Marathon is the oldest annual and consecutively-held marathon in existence. The 2014 edition will mark the 118th consecutive race.

Boston Marathon Fact. No. 4
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Boston Marathon Fact. No. 4

Only 18 runners competed in the first Boston Marathon. The BAA celebrate the centennial marathon in 1996 by setting a world record for the number of participants. More than 38,700 runners registered for that race.

Boston Marathon Fact No. 5
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Boston Marathon Fact No. 5

The race averages more than 20,000 runners each year, though as many as 38,708 have signed up in a given year. For the 2014 Boston Marathon, 36,000 people have signed up.

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