The Marathon is an instituion
Every April since 1897, runners from all over the world race in the Boston Marathon. In recent years, more than 20,000 start the 26-mile road race that has become a bucket-list item for many marathoners. There are divisions for men, women and wheelchair racers, and it is extremely difficult to even get to the starting line because of strict qualifying standards. The recent tragedy has only increased the passion and demand for spots in the historic race.