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The Boston Marathon, 50 Years Ago

April 21st, 2014

As you likely know, the 118th Boston Marathon took place today, resulting in the first American victory since 1985 (congrats, Meb!). You’ve probably seen your fair share of images from the race, or maybe even tuned into the livestream that captured the spectacle that causes the entire running world to stop and look every Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. The crowds, the production, and the glory of it all make the Boston Marathon a truly remarkable event.

It wasn’t always like this though. Rewind just 50 years to 1964, and the scenes of the Boston Marathon consisted of little more than an underground gathering of the sport’s hardcore. Sure, there were crowds to witness the top runners, but many were limited to running through traffic and finishing on a deserted street with only a line painted on the ground to greet them, all for their own sense of accomplishment.

If anything else it’s a cool video for you running nerds, well worth the 30 minutes. Footage from the race itself starts around 13:30.

[via Let’s Run]

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