Boston Marathon © Peter Farlow
The oldest marathon in the world, and ranked as one of the most celebrated and popular road racing events, the marathon sees 20,000 runners take to the streets of Boston every year. Entry is by qualification - would-be runners must complete a certified marathon in a qualifying time determined by age; qualifying is highly competitive. After the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon in 2013, in which two bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring about 264 others, security has been increased at the marathon and Boston is working hard to put a positive spin on the famous race despite the tragedy.
Date: 18 April 2016