It is a sunny and warm Saturday afternoon in Boston, and this city is buzzing with activity.
It is opening weekend at home for the Boston Red Sox that has brought in baseball fans from all across New England, but enough about baseball.
The big draw to this city is that it is “Marathon Weekend”! A surge of out-of-towners has descended in the Copley Square area. Race organizers, the Boston Athletic Association, are putting the final touches on the finish line and putting up security fences.
There is an abundance of police officers present acting more like tour guides rather than law enforcement and also present is a sea of orange – this year’s color for the race’s swag. Furrylittlegnome felt claustrophobic as she made her way from The Apple Store to the Public Garden this morning from all of the foot traffic.
The Boston Marathon is a 26.2 mile race that begins in Hopkinton and ends in downtown Boston. Dating back to 1897, the marathon has almost always taken place on the Patriots Day holiday – the third Monday in April. And what is Patriots Day, furrylittlegnome followers? It is a holiday only recognized in Massachusetts and Maine commemorating the beginning of The Revolutionary War.
Be careful if you are running in the marathon on Monday. Gnome hears it will be pushing 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius).