boston marathon: The Boston Marathon - It all Started in Ashland MA - 02/25/10 11:56 AM
The Boston Marathon - It all Started in Ashland MA 
Most people in Massachusetts know that the Boston Marathon's starting line is in Hopkinton MA.  But, did you know that the original start was actually in Ashland MA? 
The Boston Marathon is the oldest and most famous race in the country and, perhaps, the world.  It was started by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) founders after they had witnessed a unique race which took place at the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. 
These originators designed the 25-mile course to be a hilly route that would culminate in a stadium setting.  … (9 comments)

boston marathon: Boston Marathon Statues - Hopkinton MA - 09/25/09 12:58 PM

George V. Brown Statue
At the official starting point of the Boston Marathon, on the Common in Hopkinton MA, George V. Brown stands ready, to signal the start of the annual race. 
Known as Hopkinton's "First Citizen of Sport," he served as the starter for the Boston Marathon for 33 years.  For 11 of those years he also managed the race.  Brown had four sons and three daughters and since 1905, for every year except one, a member of the Brown family has been the starter of the annual race.  George V's grandson, Walter F. Brown, became the starter in 1990 … (16 comments)