A longstanding tradition took place this week, and we’re not just talking about the Boston Marathon. As runners raced down Boylston Street, thousands of area residents watched the contest from the comfort of their homes, vowing what they vow every April: “I’m running that marathon next year!”
Some took to social media to declare their intentions. “I know I’ve posted this for the past 8 years, but I’m gonna run next year!!!1!!” said Bill of Billerica on Facebook. “I just looked up where Hopkinton is on my phone (it’s not that far), so I’m closer than ever to pulling it off.”
In nearby Burlington, a couple who wished to remain anonymous looked at running sneakers in the mall. “After I watched that marathon from our bed Monday morning, I was inspired,” she said. “I’ll definitely remember the date this time.”
Her husband added, “If I get these $250 running shoes today, when should I actually start running? I screw this part up every year.”
Others have already started training for 2024. “This is my first run since last year’s marathon coverage,” said Meredith from Malden, jogging on the Fellsway. “I’m going to pass at least two more telephone poles today. Tomorrow I’ll add another telephone pole, and then another, and eventually that’s like a marathon worth!”
At press time, Bill of Billerica had already forgotten about his commitment post and where Hopkinton is.