The Starter Statue
Hopkinton Common, Hopkinton
“The Starter” statue, located in the center of Hopkinton, is in honor of George V. Brown, who started the race every year from 1905 until 1937. The plaque details Brown’s involvement in bringing the beginning of the race to Hopkinton (until 1925, the race began in Ashland). He was a prominent figure in Boston sports, serving as athletic director of both the Boston Athletic Association and Boston University. His statue was dedicated in 2008.