We’ve all seen the hoards of runners training along the Boston Marathon route, the social media posts of the latest feet and leg x-rays, and the emails soliciting donations in advance of the big event on April 17.
Now with the Marathon just around the corner, here’s what you need to know:
*More than 80 official runners from Wellesley are on the BAA list. Among them are Wellesley Middle School Principal Mark Ito and more than a dozen others who received invitational numbers via Wellesley charitable organizations in exchange for raising scads of money.
*Wellesley Police will be using social media and email to update residents about road closings and openings along the course. Authorities have already issued an exhaustive list of guidelines for spectators.
*The early weather forecast calls for sunny skies and temps in the 60s. A tad toasty for most runners, but not bad, and certainly great for watching. The top wheelchair athletes head into Wellesley around 10am and most of the top women and men will enter town by 11am.
*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). There are many excellent places to view the race in Wellesley, from the Scream Tunnel at Wellesley College around the 12-mile mark to Wellesley Square to Wellesley Hills and the big hill down past the Rec Department building.