Before this weekend I had heard quite a bit about the Boilermaker. I knew that 14,000 people had signed up to run, many of them from all over the world. I knew we’d have multiple places we have to be throughout the day, starting at 6am, to cover. Our whole staff was assigned different points along the 15k race route, start to finish, so we covered every neighborhood involved. Everyone kept saying how stressful and long this day was going to be, but really, these are the kind of days I like. When you get to really do your job and cover something important to the community. Sure it was a lot of walking and a lot of memory cards and a lot of people and more hours than usual, but it was also a lot of fun. I really enjoyed talking to people all day, hearing why this race is important to them, why they came from New Zealand or Kenya or Columbia or just California. It was a really good time. I covered the 3-6 mile route at the golf course and then the after party. Here are a few of my favorites.
The Boston Marathon. One of the oldest marathons in the world, averages about 20,000 runners every year and is 26.22 miles of winding roads up hills and over city terrain. The amount of runners is only outnumbered by the vast spectators, usually amounting to 50,000 watchers that cheer or heckle the athletes along the entire route.
This year I attended it for an hour or so and took a few pictures, these were my favorites from what I’ve gone through so far.