Yet another reason to like the Boston Marathon

04/18/2014 5:59 PM

04/19/2014 6:53 PM

The finish line of the Boston Marathon gets lots of attention, and deservedly so.

It’s where some dramatic and emotional endings to past races have occurred.

But I and other marathoners will start Monday’s race at Hopkinton, Mass., 26.2 miles away, a place filled with its own traditions.

Here’s one of the best.

As 36,000 runners from around the nation walk the 0.7 miles from the athletes’ village to the starting line, we will shed hats, gloves, sweatshirts, sweatpants and other clothes used to keep ourselves warm before the race.

Charity officials then will pick up and reuse these tens of thousands of pieces of clothing.


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