Boston Marathon is the oldest marathon dating back to 1897. It is said to attract an estimated 500,000 spectators. Starting as a local event, its reputation and status attracts now runners from all over the world. It is the milestone of marathoners, a marathon all long distance runners want to run…well, most of them, anyway.
There are other marathons considered to be a “must do at least once”, New York City Marathon is one of them. But they differ in what I consider essential. To run NYCM, a runner must be selected by lottery or must have been rejected 3 times to enter on the 4th try. A one time when rejection is not as bitter.
Running is relative; that is the beauty of it. My best times would be the worst for some of my fast friends, and by the same token they are good to others. But what’s more important than that is that the monster of a marathon is to some extent unpredictable, one never knows for sure what the outcome will be.