Boston Marathon

By - 4/18/17 - 2:09 pm

Congrats, you survived the Boston Marathon! probably isn't a message that a Boston-based marketing firm would send to runners, especially not next year, after the fifth anniversary of, well, you know.

By - 4/17/17 - 10:51 am

Paula Tennyson watched police and cadets assemble for Marathon duty near Mass. Ave. around 8:30 a.m.

By - 4/17/17 - 10:47 am
Boston Marathon runners and girl in Ashland

Brendan M. watched the Marathon at Ashland State Park this morning.

By - 4/16/17 - 4:16 pm

BqRally snapped a photo as Carlos Arredondo led the annual blessing of the runners at Old South Church's Easter service today.

By - 4/15/17 - 1:37 pm
Flight tracker data for plane along Marathon route

No, Michael Yanokoski wasn't having fun with MS Paint here. He called up the flight path for a plane flying out of Norwood Airport this morning (also see the tracker for a second plane).

This one is a bit straighter.

By - 4/14/17 - 11:40 pm
Lenox and Prudential lit up for the Marathon

Matthew Ireland looked up tonight at the Lenox Hotel and the Pru, lit up in the colors of the Boston Marathon.

By - 4/14/17 - 11:42 am
Martin Richard peace symbol in the South End

Robert Huke spotted this reminder of Martin Richard's peace poster on a traffic-light pole at Dartmouth Street and Warren Avenue in the South End today.

By - 4/12/17 - 2:23 pm

Helicopter flies between skyscrapers in Boston.

Matthew George watched one of the National Nuclear Security Administration's helicopters fly low over the Marathon route today for our annual background-radiation check.

By - 4/7/17 - 10:42 pm
NNSA helicopter

Radiation-checking helicopter.

The National Nuclear Security Administration alerts us that it has a helicopter flitting around the Boston area this weekend taking readings on background radiation in the area in advance of the Boston Marathon: Read more.

By - 4/20/16 - 7:34 am

From his room in the Tufts Medical Center ICU, Ari Ofsevit tells the Globe he doesn't remember being carried across the Marathon finish line by two other runners, let alone any of the efforts by medics, doctors and nurses to keep him alive.

By - 4/19/16 - 11:07 am

"Fan behavior could not have been better," Boston Police report.

By - 4/18/16 - 12:30 pm
Boston Marathon leaders

Matthew Calvin watched the runners come pass Mile 23 in Washington Square.

By - 4/18/16 - 12:17 pm
Bobbi Gibb crosses the Boston Marathon finish line.

Jean Nagy watched Bobbi Gibb cross the Marathon finish line 50 years after she became the first woman to finish the race - after having to sneak in because officials denied her application since they just knew women were physically incapable of running 26 miles and 385 yards.

By - 4/18/16 - 11:37 am
Richard family with Marathon winner Tatyana McFadden

Jean Nagy captured the Richard family with Tatyana McFadden, the winner of the Marathon women's wheelchair race.

By - 4/18/16 - 8:35 am
Ready for the Marathon

Tracey Staedter inspected the barricades along the Marathon route this morning.

Meanwhile, the city alerts us:

Meters are free and time limits are not in effect, but all other parking rules remain in effect.

By - 4/17/16 - 5:36 pm

Adam Nichols watched a heavily armored Army vehicle arrive at the Hynes under police escort this afternoon.

By - 4/15/16 - 8:08 am

Charlie Manning recalls Tommy Leonard, the bartender at the Eliot Lounge, back when it was a required visit for Marathon runners:

On this Patriots’ Day weekend when the Boston Marathon is run, you should also know that Tommy loved the Marathon. He had run it several times himself, and since the Eliot was right on the Marathon route, Tommy made the Eliot the center of the Marathon universe.

There was a clock in the Eliot that counted down the days until the race was run. There was a Hollywood- style Walk of Fame out front where the famous runners had left their footprints in the cement.

By - 4/11/16 - 12:32 pm
Radiation copter

Federal radiation-sensing helicopter.

The National Nuclear Security Administration reminds us today that it has a helicopter flitting above us doing its annual background radiation checks in preparation for the Marathon. Read more.

By - 4/27/15 - 8:23 am
Japanese prime minister and Marty Walsh in the Back Bay

Nick Barber captured the scene as Marty Walsh greeted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after Abe laid a wreath at the Boston Marathon finish line this morning.