26.2 Miles From Hopkinton to Boston

More concerned about her carbohydrate intake than her schoolwork, Miriam R. Asnes '02 worries that Passover observation has interfered with her preparation for the 105th annual Boston Marathon.

At noon today, Asnes and handfuls of other Harvard students will join 15,000 registered runners and a few thousand unofficial participants for one of the most famous and most challenging long runs.

One of the largest single-day sporting event after the Super Bowl, the Boston Marathon has a reputation for its unpredictable weather and 26.2 miles of hilly terrain. Registered runners have qualified by running other marathons with times of less than three hours and ten minutes for men and three hours and 40 minutes for women.

For each of the 26.2 miles ahead, these athletes will run at roughly a seven mile per hour clip, beginning their journey in the small town of Hopkinton and finishing in Copley Square.

Throughout the race, official runners will have their pace monitored by chips installed in their shoes. At the finish line, volunteers will meet them with a warm blanket and a bronze participant medal.

The Boston Marathon is a tremendously difficult course. Runners must brave the four hills of Newton during the most mentally trying portion for runners, miles 16 to 21.

The notorious Heartbreak Hill gets its name from the one-mile stretch where each year runners simply hit the wall and may actually stop running.

"Boston has a lot of hills," Kirkland House Allston Burr Senior Tutor Timothy C. Harte '90 said. "But with the uphill you need to go downhill. The pounding of the downhills are difficult to deal with."

Recommended Articles

Students Race Against Crime
This year, students will start taking back the night during the day. Harvard-Radcliffe's annual "Take Back the Night Week," a
Chasing a Dream: Running Boston as a Bandit
I like to dream big—and then carry out my dreams. Last summer, while careening across France in a spiffy TGV,
When the Going Gets Impossible...
When Harvard cross-country captain John Murphy took his place at the starting line at the Big Three meet in New
HARRIERS WILL RACE M. I. T.
Plans for the cross-country season of both Freshman and University teams have by this time been practically completed, and a
Marathon Runners Train For Boston Spring Races
After the St. Patrick's Day Parade, the true Bostonian's heart turns to road running, and for the competitive type, there
HE WHO RUNS
Plodding wearily past newspaper boys whose Advertisers already announced his victory, past a multitude whose cheers celebrated the extenuation of