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.