Yesterday was Patriot's Day, which means it was the running of the 116th Boston Marathon. Because I grew up in MA and went to college there, Patriot's Day was always a holiday, that is until I moved to TX. Although some businesses are not closed in MA on Patriot's Day (especially those that only observe banking holidays), the schools and colleges give the day off. Not only did that make this Monday special because of a long weekend, but I grew up close enough to Boston that I would always go into the city and spectate (except the two years I ran as a qualified runner, 2006 & 2007). Spectating is a big deal on Marathon Monday, there are tens of thousands of people who do it every year, regardless of the weather, and it is truly a wonderful and fun experience. There is nothing like the excitement of the world's best runners and all the energy that comes along with it. Plus there is swag. In high school, I would have to hurry home as the race was winding down for an evening track practice. Even though school wasn't in session, we still had practice. In college, the day was one long party with maybe a little time devoted to finishing problem sets.
|The big news of the day with J. Cassidy breaking the push|
rim course record.
There is something magical about Patriot's Day in Boston and I hope everyone who wants to gets to experience that someday. Congratulations to all who ran the race yesterday in some very tough conditions. I think you deserve some honorary TX status after that heat!