WHAT WAS AWESOME!
In a word: tradition.The course, despite screwing over Geoffrey Mutai and his record but not really a record time last year, is as historic as it gets. People from all the towns come out like the Boston Marathon is the only show in town. They don't just cheer for their people, they cheer for all people. Like I've rambled on before: there aren't too many races when all the runners know all the famous landmarks. They know where the statues are on the course. They know the Newton Fire Station. It's a 110+ year old race and even though things have been update, the very essence that makes the Boston Marathon special has never changed.
WHAT WASN'T SO AWESOME
The finish line area was kind of a disaster. It circles one city block in Copley Square, but if you don't know where you're going or where you're meeting people, you could be stuck in that area for a long time. After we took some quick photo ops, we got out of dodge because I felt like we were adding to the cluster____ of the area.
For more, check out my blog entry: http://tkmarathonman.blogspot.com/2012/04/vintage-race-report-2008-boston.html