It is a proud day in Boston as the world-renowned Boston Marathon gets underway this morning. For today’s race schedule, run to the Boston Athletics Association webpage and be sure to view the runners course on this cool map of the marathon route.
Not up to running 26.2 miles today? You can still get into the spirit of the day by checking out the following books on the triumphs and tragedies of past Boston Marathons: Long mile home : Boston under attack, the city’s courageous recovery, and the epic hunt for justice by Scott Helman and Jenna Russell. This is an intimate and comprehensive account of the tragic, moving events of the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon and the strength of the community, as well as the hunt and capture of the bombers, woven together from five different perspectives and reported b ytwo Boston Globe journalists. In Stronger, Jeff Bauman candidly recounts his personal experience of being at the 2013 Boston Marathon, the subsequent loss of his legs, his identification of bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and his ongoing struggle to walk again. Bauman, a self-described “ordinary guy”, has become a symbol of strength and perseverance for the Boston community and beyond. To get a sense of the history behind the nation’s oldest marathon race (118 years and counting!), check out 26.2 Miles to Boston. You’ll get the trivia, history, and traditions of the race as well as an update by lifetime Bostonian and author, Michael Connelly.