Another Marathon in the Books for Ryan teacher

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The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon hosted by several towns surrounding Boston and ending in downtown Boston. It is always held on the third Monday of April, Patriots Day, and is a local holiday for the area. This year, one of Archbishop Ryan’s theology teachers, Mr. O’Leary participated in the race.

 

Promoters call the Boston Marathon the nation’s premier long distance running event. Participants in this marathon have to qualify within a year and half before the race because there is such demand for runners.  Unlike other cities who hold marathons, not everyone can be part of it. There are 30,000 spots for this race. Many runners come from outside the United States. Other large marathons are New York City (52,000) and Chicago (48,000).  The Philadelphia marathon held each November has about 8,000 and is ranked 10th in size for US marathons.

 

The marathon starts in rural Boston in Hopkins State park and ends at the John Hancock Tower in downtown Boston.  It’s not all flat and runners have to tackle hills throughout. The marathon draws a big crowd throughout the race and is a big boost for the city’s economy each year.  It’s estimated people spend over $7 million over that weekend.

 

“It is a thrilling honor to run this marathon. The spectators were very loud and supportive,” said Mr.O’Leary. “When running through the suburbs people put water tables out in front of there houses with water, lemonade and banana slices.   It is a very challenging course. I ran it at a relaxed pace with one of my friends. It was her first time running this in this race.”

 

Mr. O’Leary’s time was 04:18:57 which was not his fastest but enjoyed running with a friend and finishing the race and taking in the atmosphere and excitement.  He plans to run the Boston Marathon again in about two years.

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