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… Boston is always a fascinating race because it is so unpredictable. Good or bad, the weather often is a game changer. That's what makes it such a fun race for the spectators, though. Very exciting because of its extreme unpredictability.
Spectators line the roads for THEIR marathon, all 26.2 miles. People in Boston are incredibly proud that THEIR race is the oldest in the country, older than NYC when they mention it to tourists. The city promotes the race, the Red Sox play during the race which is along the course (about mile 25)… schools have off for Patriots' Day. People who live along the route have parties, grill out, play music, hand out ice… and the warm weather made it better for the spectators if brutal for the runners.
The only other race I've seen that is so community supported is Grandmas in Duluth… people line the roads there as well.