#RAPOGWARRIOR S02E01: Boston Marathon, by the numbers

Finally! Yes, I FINALLY come back to you with the 1st video of season 2 of my #rapogwarrior adventures. As you know, season 2 is about the Boston Marathon. I thought it would be nice to start with a little presentation of this marathon, and I decided to do it by the numbers.

[The video is in French but you may want to practice your French... maybe?]

As it's in French, let me sum everything up for you.

The numbers from the video

42,2 / 26.2

Easy one but fundamental too. That's for the number of kilometers and miles of a marathon.


The Boston Marathon 2016 will be the 120th Boston Marathon. It means the first one was held in 1897. For the record, there were only 15 participants in this inaugural marathon and the winner was John Mc Dermott.

It's also good to say that the Boston Marathon is the eldest annual marathon in the world. It's a bit impressive!


6 stands for the 6 World Marathon Majors. Boston is one of them. It's a series of world renowned marathons which also includes the ones in New York, Chicago, Berlin, London and Tokyo (since 2013).

30 000

That's for the official size of the field in Boston. For comparison, there are 50 000 runners in NYC and 40 000 runners in Berlin.

500 000

That's the number of spectators (according to Wikipedia). I can't even imagine what it means... I guess, I'll find out soon.


3:35, it's the qualifying time for women from 18 to 34 years old. As for the men, same age group, the time is 3:05. That's speedy! You can check all the qualifying times, there: Boston qualifying standards.

As you may already know, you can't just register for Boston. You have to qualify on a previous marathon which has to be certified as a Boston Qualifier. The majority of the Boston Qualifiers is in the United States.

I qualified on the Santa Barbara Marathon I ran in November 2014, with a time of 3:23:40. If you want the full recap, check that out: [Santa Barbara Marathon recap: [1/2] - [2/2] - [epilog]]


That's the registration fees, in dollars. It's expensive. Even more if you're from France where running races are cheaper than in the USA. For example, you have to pay from 80€ ($90) to 109€ ($120) to run the Paris Marathon. And that's a very expensive race in France (FYI, French runners went mad about this price and complained a lot... may I say as usual? Ah ah ah!).

Also, be aware the price of a hotel room in Boston during marathon weekend is 3 times more expensive than usual... Not everyone can run Boston even if they qualified.

I have to say this aspect of things is bitter sweet for me. Boston Marathon is a big event so, yeah, the registration is expensive. I get it. But is it really fair to take advantage of that to make us pay hotel rooms 3 times their value? I don't like this "business" aspect of it all. But I think (I hope) Boston is worth it.

Even more numbers


I had to mention it. It's a sad part of Boston Marathon history, but still a part of it. The year of the Boston Marathon bombings.


6, again. This time is for the time difference between France and Boston. When it's 10 am in Boston, it's noon in France.


10:25 am, start time of wave 2, the wave I'll start with.


My bib number!

I stop here. I hope you learnt some facts about the famous Boston Marathon. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask. I'll answer them if I can.
What about you? Would you want to run Boston? Did you ever try to qualify? Or you may have already run it! So, how was it?

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Miles / km

  • 1 mile = 1.6 km / 1 km = 0.6 mile
  • 5K = 3.1 miles
  • 10K = 6.2 miles
  • half marathon = 13.1 miles = 21.1 km
  • marathon = 26.2 miles = 42.2 km