The Boston Marathon 2012

Everything you need to know to enjoy the greatest footrace in the world.

Illustration by Resident Alien.

It’s nearly here! The day that other places call Patriots Day, but that here in Boston, we know to be Marathon Monday. Yes indeed, it’s the day when the greatest endurance event in the world — the Boston Marathon — takes place right in front of our own front doors. And in honor of the race, we’ve prepared a comprehensive guide to the sporting holiday. Below, you will find all the reasons why you should watch the race, and where to catch it (and party afterward). Then, we’ve got some last-minute advice for the racers, plus options and tips for fans and supporters who leaves the sidewalks feeling inspired to get their own bodies in motion.

For the Fans: Why and How to Watch

For the Runners: How to Make Those Final Preparations

For Everyone Inspired to Get Active Post-Race

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