Just in Time for Race Day! The Boston Marathon Story Map #Boston2017

Spring is in the air, blossoms are blooming, Easter eggs have been rounded up by the kids, the Spring conference season for the geogeeks is well under way and ESRIUC is just around the corner (have you booked your room yet??) . Spring also means time for one of America’s biggest sporting events – The Boston Marathon. To help you get to know more about the event, including course map, history, facts, and special participant information, enjoy this fine Boston Marathon Esri Story Map created by our very own Mass-based Support Engineer, Blake Bilbo

Enjoy this informative Story Map as you learn about popular Boston Marathon facts and trivia about such topics as: Katherine Switzer (first female runner),  the inspirational Team Hoyt, The Wellesley College  Scream Tunnel, Heartbreak Hill, the finish at Copley Square and post-race events at Fenway Park and more!

Did you know that the Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s best-known road racing events. The event is also, always held on the third Monday in April, otherwise known as Patriot’s Day. The event attracts 500,000 spectators each year, making it New England’s most widely viewed sporting event. Though starting with 18 participants in 1897, the event now attracts an average of about 30,000 registered participants each year, with 30,251 people entering in 2015 (Source: Wikipedia)

Some facts about the Marathon from the story Map:

  • Each year, the race takes place on Patriots Day
  • Over 30,000 entrants participate in the Marathon
  • The route stretches 26.2 miles long
  • The Marathon starts on Main Street, in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and ends in Boston at Copley Square
  • Race includes Athletes categorized by: runners, hand cycles, wheelchairs, visually impaired, and mobility impaired
  • Prize Money was introduced in 1986, and first place prize is currently $150,000

For more about the event be sure to visit http://www.bostonmarathon.org/

See course maps HERE

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