The Boston Marathon is one of the world’s biggest races, a showcase for elite distance runners from all across the globe.
But just as importantly, the marathon also is a test of strength and perseverance for thousands of Average Joes, who spend all year training to run the race, usually with a huge fundraising effort providing the inspiration.
Long after the elite men and elite women cross the finish line, friends and family members across the country will be watching, even if from afar. Luckily for those supporting the runners, the Boston Athletic Association makes it easy for you to follow along.
Once again this year, the BAA will provide real-time tracking with a searchable database. That means all you have to do is search for the name of the runner you’re looking for, and you can see where on the course they are and what kind of time they’re making. You also can watch along by following the BAA’s live stream.
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Thumbnail photo via Apr 21, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Runners stream down Boylston Street at the exact minute one year ago the first bomb exploded near the finish line during the 2014 Boston Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports