Thousands of runners will take part in the 116th Boston Marathon on Monday, continuing to make the world’s oldest marathon an event that captures headlines in countries all over the globe.
Founded in 1897, the Boston Marathon is a 26 mile journey through numerous cities and towns in Massachusetts. Starting in Hopkinton Mass., runners will have to pace themselves if they want to survive the long trek, including the infamous “Heartbreak Hill,” to make it to Copley Square in Boston and finish the grueling race.
Last year, Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai won the marathon at a record time of 2:03:02. Kenya has dominated the Boston Marathon over the years, with athletes from the country winning the Marathon 18 times since 1990.
American runners are hoping to break a long Marathon drought, as an American hasn’t won the race since Greg Meyer emerged victorious in 1983.
Preparing for the race can be tough. Luckily for all of the Marathon runners out there, running guru Greg McMillan has listed some tips for those who are ready who take on the legendary race.