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(NECN: Justin Michaels, Hopkinton, Mass.) - The 117th Boston marathon went off without a hitch Monday morning in Hopkinton, Mass., as 27,000 athletes from around the world made their trek to Boston.
“It’s indescribable... The fans along the route from Hopkinton all the way to Copley square along through the hard times and through some rough miles,” said David Weismann, 3rd Boston Marathon runner.
But the start is the first hurdle. And for those who have run it before, just being here means the world.
“It’s the most historied marathon in the world and to be part of it as a runner is just an incredible experience, ” Weismann said.
“It’s really kind of a big celebration and party and a culmination of all of our training,” said Jim O'Donnell, 13-time Boston marathon runner.
For 117 years, starting with just 18 runners at the first marathon, to 27,000 today, the Boston Marathon is truly part of Americana. Greg Meyer is the last American male to win the Boston Marathon. He did it 30 years ago, back in 1983. And he says the Boston Marathon is mostly about the people it takes to keep a tradition going for more than a century.
“The families, the people that support this race that come on a year like last year bringing water to runners they don’t know, it’s just all those little things makes this race so special,” he said.
Last year’s high temperature on Marathon Monday was a staggering 87 degrees; 2300 people deferred to run this year, and 1750 of them actually came back. And they picked a picture perfect year to do it, with highs in the 50s.
“It was so hot last year; I think I was even more nervous last year because of that. But the weather today is really ideal and perfect,” said Brandy Adler, running his second Boston Marathon runner.
Weather through the years has run from one extreme to the next; 100 degrees in 1905 to snow squalls in 1967 and even a partial eclipse of the sun in 1939, but weather and celestial events aside, the Boston Marathon is a tradition that keeps on going. In fact, planning for next year’s Boston marathon, number 118, is already happening.