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Following the Boston Marathon via Twitter

Posted by Ty Velde  April 3, 2010 08:49 PM

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Twitter Bird MarathonIf you’re looking to connect with the Boston Marathon online, one thing that’s for sure is that there is no shortage of options. If you go and search “Boston Marathon” via Google, you’ll be faced with over 1,270,000 options to choose from between web sites, blogs and more, all dedicated to or containing topical information on the race. With so much to choose from, one medium I always find very interesting and useful is Twitter.

The reason being is that Twitter is about quick, short and easy to digest bits of information, that enable you to feel almost a personal connection with those who are authoring the tweets. While websites and blogs are great sources of in-depth information, Twitter is a great way to quickly get information and insight into the race on a more “personal” level. Twitter is also a great way to connect with other passionate runners, and see what they are into via the people they “follow” and who’s into them via their “followers”.

With this being said, I have scoured Twitter and the following are some interesting Boston Marathon related profiles that I have uncovered and wanted to share. It’s a mix of profiles from the media, sponsors, race enthusiasts and some of the elites. Definitely take a look and if you are inclined to do so, follow some or all of them, as you’ll be fed a steady diet of insightful and interesting race related content that will keep you informed and entertained in the days leading up to and well after race day.

  • Profile: http://twitter.com/B_A_A_
  • Name: Boston Marathon
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Web: http://www.baa.org
  • Bio: The Official Twitter account of the Boston Athletic Association and the Boston Marathon
  • Profile: http://twitter.com/bostonmarathon
  • Name: WBZ Boston Marathon
  • Location: Boston
  • Web: http://wbztv.com/bostonmarathon
  • Bio: Follow WBZ's coverage leading up to Marathon Monday. We'll also be live tweeting the big race.
  • Profile: http://twitter.com/GlobeMarathon
  • Name: Boston Marathon News
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Web: http://boston.com/sports/marathon/
  • Bio: Boston Marathon news coverage on Boston.com
  • Profile: http://twitter.com/JHFS_Boston26
  • Name: JH Boston Marathon
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Bio: John Hancock Financial Services celebrates their 25 year sponsorship of the Boston Marathon. Elite Athlete news, community programs, employee runners and more.
  • Profile: http://twitter.com/ryanhall3
  • Name: Ryan Hall
  • Location: Mammoth Lakes, Ca
  • Web: http://www.ryanandsarahall.com
  • Bio: I am after the abundant life that Jesus offers, believing that nothing is impossible with Him.
  • Profile: http://twitter.com/runmeb
  • Name: meb keflezighi
  • Location: Mammoth Lakes
  • Web: http://www.MarathonMeb.com
  • Bio: Christian, Husband, Proud father of two girls, Olympic Silver Medalist & 2009 ING NYC Champion
  • Link: http://search.twitter.com/
  • Description: This is Twitter’s search engine and to get a pulse of all activity and tweeting that’s happening around the marathon at any moment in time, just enter the following: #BostonMarathon

Additionally, are their other Boston Marathon related Twitter profiles you've come across and have found interesting and useful? If so, please share your comments with me.

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Look for updates, news, analysis and commentary from the following.
  • Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
  • Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
  • Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes

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