At the beginning of the marathon in Hopkinton, MA we have some excited runners posing for a photo next to the now-famous 'Welcome to Hopkinton' sign.
From there it's time to stretch and make your way to the starting line.
At the starting line you may recognize some familiar faces, father-and-son Rick & Dick Hoyt who to date have competed in over 1,000 races together. You can read more about their inspirational story at their website.
The race then takes you through Natick, into the halfway point in Wellsley, MA and then up the dreaded Heartbreak Hill in Newton.
Over the hump and down the hill, the route now goes through Brookline where a Subway car with the name Rosie on it speeds past the other runners. Rosie Ruiz famously "won" the 1980 Boston Marathon only to be stripped of her title moments afterward when it was revealed that she took the T for most of the course and actually only ran the last mile of it. Tsk! Tsk! Rosie!
And on to the finish line on Boylston Street downtown where the whole of Boston is there to cheer you on!! Congratulations!! You did it!!
And, because one of our own is running the marathon this year, I obviously had to paint her a special message from some adoring fans and her cute dog, Bachi.
We're proud of you Jackie! You're gonna do great!!
Happy Marathon Monday everybody!!