I love that the city of Boston goes crazy for the Boston Marathon. I love that 500,000+ spectators come out – on their day off (Patriots Day, the 3rd Monday of April, is a state holiday in Massachusetts) to cheer, support and generally go crazy for 25,000 runners. I love that the city starts the marathon excitement a month+ early by putting up marathon banners all over the city.
Today was “Banner Day” for the 117th Boston Marathon. The day they unveil the banners that are put on the streets throughout the city to recognize the marathon and get people excited and pumped up for it. And I have to say, I’m LOVING this year’s theme: This is your marathon. This is your moment. I love it because after 5 years of marathoning – with Boston as my goal from the start – I will finally get my marathon, my moment. I feel like John Hancock and the B.A.A. made the banners and the theme just for me. 🙂
However, I know there are 25,000 other runners and the race and the day and the weekend means just as much to each of them. It’s so fun to talk to others running Boston, or to read their blogs, and to hear about their journey to Boston, their goals for the race, and their excitement for the Boston Marathon. Although we all have different goals and our journeys to get here were different, the two things that virtually everyone running Boston has in common is that we worked our butts off to get to the starting line and we are all crazy excited about running it.
Banner Day unveiling video:
The other Boston excitement is that bib numbers and wave/corral placement were announced. I’m lucky number 17747. Woot! Boston places numbers strictly on qualifying times. Which means that all 17746 runners in front of me are faster. 🙂 My friend Mike is runner #374. Which would be an AMAZING to be that fast for BOSTON – but his race experience will be so much different than mine. He’ll be up near the front (which would be crazy cool) and focused on running crazy fast. But how cool is it going to be for me to look out ahead of me at the starting line (I’m in the last corral of wave 2, so I’ll have a ton of people in front of me) and know that I am part of this talented, inspiring group of people. And to not worry about weaving my way through the masses, but instead to focus on FUN.
I can’t wait. This is MY moment. This is MY marathon. Wheee!