That’s the world famous route of the Boston Marathon and it has been virtually unchanged for over 100 years.
The event is traditionally held on the third Monday in April. That’s not the case this year, however, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
Race organizers voted in mid-March to postpone the race from April 20 to Sept. 14, which is still a Monday — but it won’t be the same.
Patriots’ Day in Boston is a special time not just because of the race itself; it is also a celebration of the beginning of the American Revolution. The formalized holiday in Massachusetts, Maine, Wisconsin, Connecticut and North Dakota commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord and some of the first battles of the Revolutionary War.
The Boston Red Sox professional baseball team has scheduled a home day game at Fenway Park on race day every year since 1959.
Now, though, that looks like it won’t happen either with the beginning of the Major League Baseball season not starting until late in the summer, if then.
I am currently signed up to run my first “Marathon Monday” and was looking forward to getting my shot at a personal best on the historic streets of Boston, but I am not so sure now.
The fall is a difficult time as a sports writer with high school football and other activities welcoming in the new athletic year. Training is difficult as it is during the spring with wild weather changes and having to make some far-off trips later in the season in a regular year.
I do have more training opportunities now with all of the high school activities being canceled, but there are no road races going on to test my fitness.
I, along with plenty of others, made the necessary schedule changes and sacrificed a lot of time and money to be ready at the start line at Hopkinton in mid-April no matter the weather. And yes, it feels awful having that opportunity put on hold for the time being, but I feel deeply for the collegiate and high school seniors having their last go-arounds ripped away from them at no fault of their own.
Being a former collegiate athlete myself, it is gut-wrenching having worked for everything and to get to one point or one race and then suddenly being told that it’s just not going to happen.
I am glad there will be some justification, with those seniors being granted an extra year of eligibility.
In hindsight, it might be a good thing that the Boston Marathon was moved to a fall date. Those of us that were struggling to get into shape have nearly an extra five months to do so. The weather might actually be favorable as well. The forecast in Boston has ranged over the past decade from being sunny and mid-40s to pouring rain and near freezing temperatures.
At the end of the day, it is still going to be the same route with hopefully a lot of the same spectators. There will still be the “Scream Tunnel” at the halfway point and Heartbreak Hill will still be there near 21 miles waiting on everyone.
It will still be the same going down Commonwealth Avenue toward the Newton Fire Station and passing the CITGO sign outside of Fenway. It will still be a welcome sight seeing Kenmore Square and finally getting to Copley Square for the finish chute.
In the end, there will still be that right on Hereford and left onto Boylston.