Hum stressed that completing the ride did not require a top-tier level of fitness.
“Biking the Marathon is like a jog in the park,” Hum said. “You don’t have to stress yourself out like the Marathon runners do, and you can still feel like you’re a part of it.”
Similar premarathon bike rides take place in other parts of the country: Last month, hours before the Los Angeles Marathon 3,000 cyclists rode their own race, which was not-quite-legal but permitted by police who escorted the pack.
Even with commuter rail’s blessing, organizers said, they’re not worried about damaging a rebellious street creed.
“There are walks for this and rides for that,” Cobalt said. “And this is something we do simply because it’s awesome.”