Most of us will never experience the thrill of playing in the World Series, the Super Bowl, the Masters, or pretty much any other major sporting event. Luckily, Massachusetts is home to the greatest marathon in the world, where everyone from elite runners to average Joes gets to feel like a world class athlete for at least a few hours.
For those of us that have run Boston (especially those of us who don’t identify as ‘runners’), we acknowledge that it’s a pretty ridiculous thing to do. Along with the commitment to run comes countless hours of training, hundreds of miles of running, and the challenges of running in all kinds of New England winter weather. In the end, when you’re walking towards the starting line in Hopkinton, running through the Wellesley College Scream Tunnel at the halfway mark, conquering Heartbreak Hill, and – finally – making your way down Boylston Street’s home stretch, it’s suddenly worth the sacrifice. No aches or pains can tarnish the excitement of that accomplishment.
This project was about sharing the personal stories of what compels and inspires us to take on this massive physical challenge. For some, it’s simply fulfilling a lifelong dream or beating a personal best for distance/time. For others, it’s about honoring loved ones or fighting and raising money for incredible charities throughout the state.