The Boston Marathon was first run in April 1897, inspired by the revival of the marathon for the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. It is the oldest continuously running marathon in America.
The race has traditionally been held on Patriots' Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts, and until 1969 that was every April 19, whichever day of the week that fell on. Starting in Since 1969, the holiday has been observed on the third Monday in April and referred to by local residents as "Marathon Monday."
"Marathon Monday" is one of our favorite day to be in Boston. It's been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember.
During the 2013 Boston Marathon, on April 15, 2013, two explosions occurred about 200 yards apart on Boylston Street near the Finish Line. Since this incident the Boston Marathon Finish Line is respected by locals as sacred ground and the birthplace of "Boston Strong" & One Boston Day