The Most Storied Landmarks of the Boston Marathon Course

Boston Marathon pic
Boston Marathon pic
Boston Marathon

A veteran attorney who serves Texas A&M University School of Law as a professor, Mary Margaret “Meg” Penrose won the Association of American Law Schools Teacher of the Year award in 2014. A former college athlete, Mary Margaret Penrose has competed in the Boston Marathon on two occasions and has a great passion for the course.

The course features a number of landmarks, including the dreaded Heartbreak Hill, which is considered one of the toughest spots for runners. Offering an incline that arrives after over 20 miles of running, it is capped by Boston College, which serves as a signal of relief to participants – that is, until they realize they need to take on the smaller, but no less challenging, hills of the Brookline portion of the course that comes immediately after.

Remarkably, the Boston Marathon course only features five turns, with the two most famous being the right on Hereford, almost immediately followed by the left onto Boylston. Offering one last challenge to runners, as both come just before the 26-mile point, the turn onto Boylston Street is especially famous, as it marks the final portion of the race, and the finish line comes into sight once it is completed.


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