Today, 26,331 people are running by our house. And that's just the official registered number of people in this year's Boston Marathon — the world's oldest annual marathon — which doesn't include police, press, spotters and spectators. This is the first year we've actually lived on the course and it's an interesting experience...
Patriot's Day, better known as Marathon Monday, is a treasured pastime here in Boston. Most everyone has a holiday and most everyone meanders down to catch a glimpse of the race along the 26 mile route. But this year the race came to us and we're getting to see every single runner enter the final leg down Beacon Street. We walked across the street to watch the leaders pass in person this morning but then headed back inside to watch the remaining 25,000+ race by our living room window for the remainder of the day.
It's noisy — a constant stream of "whoo-hoo!" and "yeah!" filtering through our windows, like we're being cheered on for hanging out on the couch — and we'd probably be more into it if it was the Tour de France passing by, but it's still a pretty cool reminder that we live in a very specific place with a life and history all its own.
Do you live on the course? How are you celebrating Marathon Monday?