Hopkinton and Ashland can fuss about where the Boston Marathon began or begins, but there’s no arguing the fact that Wellesley is smack in the middle of the 26.2-mile course. We own from about mile 12 to 16, traversing Rte. 135 at the start and crossing over to Rte. 16 for the rest (this zippy Motiv video from Wellesley High grad and app developer extraordinaire Nicholas Peretti takes you down the course a lot faster than even the fastest runners will go).
Familiar faces of female runners lacing them up for the Marathon this year.
Among the highlights of the course is the Scream Tunnel at the Wellesley College entrance, where students get loud, make custom signs and even smooch the sweaty hoards. The students used to actually form a narrow tunnel around the runners, squeezing them in, but now barriers keep the students to one side of the road.
Another highlight this year will be the thousands of special daffodils planted along the course as a living memorial to those who were killed or injured during the 2013 race. This is the second year of daffadil plantings.
The serious side of the Marathon: See something, say something signs dotting the course, including in Wellesley Square.
More than 80 Wellesley runners are on the official entry list, which you can access here.
Here’s the 2015 Big Town Marathon Photo, in front of Wellesley Town Hall. More info on runners’ charities here.