Monday, 7 April 2008

TEM 21 - Episode 21

In this week's episode, The Extra Mile Podcast puts together a special message meant JUST for our friend, Steve Runner as he prepares to run that goofy little speed bump in Boston on Monday, April 21st.

If you are NOT Steve Runner, we apologize that this one is NOT for you, but we will be back next episode in full force (well, assuming you send us something!) as we all begin talking about and getting excited about The 3rd Annual Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon Challenge and "Kick The Couch 5k".

So stop back soon and send us your audio comments with what you are doing these days and what plans you have for those big events!

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Enjoy the show (Steve)and have a great training week. Kevin, Chris, Nigel and John

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Boston Marathon Trivia

  • The Boston Marathon course is 26 miles, 385 yards (42.195 kilometers)
  • About 22,5000 runners compete in the Boston Marathon
  • Runners now begin the Boston Marathon in two waves of approximately 10,000 runners each
  • The total prize money package for the Boston Marathon is $575,000
  • The winners of the Men and Women Open Division Winners each receive $100,000
  • Prize money was first awarded at the Boston Marathon in 1986
  • Since 1969 the Boston Marathon has always been run on Patriots' Day, the third Monday in April
  • About 500,000 spectators line the marathon route each year
  • Wheelchair athlete Jean Driscoll holds the most Boston Marathon victories (8)
  • Johnny Kelley started a record 61 Boston Marathons, won twice and finished the race 58 times
  • There were only 15 runners to start the first Boston Marathon in 1897
  • John J. McDermott won the first Boston Marathon in 1897 in a time of 2:55:10
  • Greg Meyer was the last American Man to win the Boston Marathon (1983)
  • Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach was the last American woman to win the Boston Marathon (1985)
  • 1966: Roberta Gibb became first woman to unofficially run the Boston Marathon
  • 1967: Katherine Switzer became first woman to receive official number, by using her initials to register
  • 1972: Women were first allowed to officially enter the Boston Marathon
  • In 2004 the Elite Women runners were given a separate, earlier start time from the main field
  • The largest field of runners was for the 100th Boston Marathon in 1996, when 36,748 runners started the marathon
  • Clarence DeMar was the oldest winner of the Boston Marathon at age 41 (1930)
  • 18 year-old Tim Ford was the youngest winner in Boston Marathon history (1906)
  • 173-pound Lawrence Brignolia is the heaviest runner ever to win the Boston Marathon
  • 1975: Boston became the first marathon to include a wheelchair division
  • 1936: Boston Globe reporter Jerry Nason nicknamed "Heartbreak Hill" in Newton
  • In 1988 Ibrahim Hussein finished 1 second ahead of Juma Ikangaa in the closest finish in Boston Marathon history
  • Clarence DeMar, Bill Rodgers & Cosmos Ndeti are the only champions to win the open division three consecutive years
  • In 1961 the racers faced 38-degree temperatures and snow squalls along the course
  • Water and Gatorade are provided every mile of the course; PowerGel is provided at mile 17
  • 4 tons of pasta and 500 gallons of tomato sauce are cooked for the pre-race meal

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