Jim Allen wrote -
As the world’s oldest annually held marathon, the Boston Marathon is known in the world of road racing as an exclusive event in which the fastest qualified athletes participate. In 2014, and as it has for decades, the 118th Boston Marathon will begin in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and finish in downtown Boston in front of thousands of cheering fans.
While the Hopkinton-to-Boston course and the excitement that unfolds upon it is limited to the 36,000 athletes who will participate on April 21, the satisfaction of crossing the finish line is a feeling for which there is no replacement.
This year, the Boston Athletic Association, in partnership with John Hancock and Manulife Financial, are inviting people from around the world to participate in their own Boston Marathon. Maybe it’s not 26.2 miles, and maybe it’s not in Boston, but there is a marathoner in all of us. We encourage you to bring it out – and to be a part of the first ever Boston Marathon World Run.
In this global celebration of movement, fitness, and commitment to one’s personal wellness goals, registration and participation in the Boston Marathon World Run is free. All registrants will receive a printable bib number, a digital finishers’ medal, and a printable finishers’ certificate.
Simply pledge to run, walk, or wheel any distance, and complete that distance at one time or over several weeks leading up to or on April 21. This year, participants are also encouraged to make a donation of towards The One Fund Boston.
Signing up and participating is just the beginning. Participants can share their World Run through photos, videos, and messages. And, World Run ambassadors will encourage participation from every corner of the globe to be a part of the Boston Marathon World Run Community.
This year, we’re all Boston Marathoners. Join us in the 2014 Boston Marathon World Run.
Any Ability. Any Distance. Anywhere.