World’s Oldest Marathon

By Natalie Grant, USA, August 2011

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The 26-mile Boston Marathon held in Boston, Massachusetts is the oldest annual marathon in the world, beginning in 1897 with only a handful of participants. It now gathers over 20,000 of them (with half a million live spectators) on the third Monday in April every year – known to people in Massachusetts, Maine, and Wisconsin as “Patriot's Day,” as it celebrates the first battle of the Revolutionary War.

Editor's Note: This recommendation was taken from our Boston Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Boston. Photo courtesy of Michael Dwyer

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