The first is an inspirational 2.5 minute tour through the entire route from the runner’s view. It takes the runners perspective, looking straight up the road with some shots of the side view along the way. I collaborated with the video production company, FTS Creative to create the piece.
The second is a 3 minute video that takes the viewer through the last five miles of the Boston Marathon from a bird’s eye view, about 100 feet above the runners. I did this using Google Earth and some screen tracking and video editing software. It is not all that polished but it offers a unique view of the Brookline and Boston part of the marathon route.
Here are a few reasons why the Boston Marathon is an epic event.
It is the world’s first annual marathon, starting in 1897 with 18 runners.
Besides the Super Bowl, it is the largest single day sporting event in the world. More than 1,100 media members, representing more than 250 outlets, receive credentials annually.
It gets about 500,000 spectators surrounding the marathon course.
Though woman were only allowed to participate after 1972 (see my last post for more on this), it was the first Marathon to sponsor a wheel chair division which it initiated in 1975.
It also requires potential runners to qualify with pretty darn fast times.
Here are a few more random points that add to the Boston Marathon epicness. The Boston Red Sox play their baseball game that day at 11am so the fans can get out and cheer the runners to the finish line. The Red Sox home field, Fenway Park, is right by Kenmore Square, which is on the marathon route and one mile from the finish line at Copley Square.
The fastest marathon time ever was run at last year’s Boston Marathon. The Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai ran it in 2:03:02, but because of the Boston marathon routes drop in elevation (a drop of about 460 feet,) it does not qualify for the world record. Mutai’s record time is nearly a minute faster than the official world record of 2:03:59 ran in Berlin in 2008 by the great runner Haile Gebrselassie. This is being challenged, so stay tuned.
The last cool fact is that in 2010 the 20,000 spots reserved for qualifiers were filled in a mind numbingly quick eight hours and three minutes.
Here are a couple Boston Marathon links: