Unfortunately, it may be a muddy Marathon Monday.
Boston has finally gotten through the harshest of winters. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Marathon bomber of 2013, is facing the conclusion of his penalty trial. The Red Sox are playing again. But that darn New England weather, unpredictable as it is, might not keep up with the comforting, sunny days of the past week.
Weather reports are predicting rain for Monday, with almost a 100 percent chance of rain. Only time will tell. But those watching the marathon are advised to come prepared. Don’t leave your rain boots, umbrellas and hoodies at home.
There are some things not advised to be brought to the race. It has been asked by marathon officials not to bring bags to the event, and if bags are brought they may be subjected to a search. If one needs to bring a bag, a clear plastic bag will work just fine. Weapons, coolers, glass containers, explosives, large blankets or sleeping bags, face masks, and props are also not allowed at the marathon.
If you’re looking to catch a particular runner at the marathon, the Boston Athletic Association has made it easy. There is now an app to track any runner’s progress during the race. It also helps to be at the right place at the right time. The mobility impaired participants start at 8:50 am, followed by the push rim wheelchair division at 9:17, and the hand cycle participant start at 9:22. Elite women’s start is at 9:32, and the Elite Men and Wave One begin at 10:00. Wave 2, 3, and 4 follow at 10:25, 11:00, and 11:25 subsequently. The first runners should cross the finish line around 11 am, so if you’re looking to see the winners, make sure it’s not a sleep-in-til-noon Patriot’s Day.