Boston’s Marathon 2010
The Boston Marathon was originally a local event, but its fame and status have attracted runners from all over the world. For most of its history, the Boston Marathon was a free event, and the only prize awarded for winning the race was a wreath woven from laurel branches.
However, corporate-sponsored cash prizes began to be awarded in the 1980s, when professional athletes began to refuse to run the race without cash awards.
Women were not allowed to enter the Boston Marathon officially until 1972. In 1951 during the height of the Korean War, Koreans could not entry into the Boston Marathon.
Today the Boston Marathon is open to all runners, male and female, of any nation, but they must meet certain qualification standards.
To qualify a runner must first complete a standard marathon course certified by a national governing body affiliated with the International Association of Athletics Federations.
The race has always been held, until 1969, feast day April 19 in Boston is not considering the day of the week.
Today the date of the marathon is on Monday and is set accordingly, and often called by local residents as “Marathon Monday”.
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