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2010 Boston Marathon Info

Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris at 5:55 pm on April 13, 2010

Illustration of Wheelchair racers 101st Boston Marathon, (c)RMH 1997, all rights reserved.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The 114th Running of the Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, April 19, 2010.

Marathoners will leave the Hopkinton starting line in groups and waves starting at 9:00am. With up to 25,000 expected to participate this year, it will take an hour and a half to get all the marathoners over the starting line and headed towards Boston.

The schedule below lists the groups and starting times: ...[read more]

2006 Boston Marathon Information

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 8:26 am on April 17, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Transportation information for Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17th, 2006 -- Route 135 will be closed from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

Pearl Street Parking Garage will open at 6:00 AM. No Fee on Marathon Day. Open garage – cars can enter and leave anytime.

Trains are running on a normal weekday schedule.

Official Marathon Bus -- Cavalier Coach -- Joan Libby – 617-330-1234

Getting To Downtown Framingham: Coming from the north or south? The Town of Framingham’s LIFT Public Transit System will operate LIFT bus routes 3 and 6 on Patriots Day allowing many MetroWest area residents to leave their automobiles at home.

For more information regarding the LIFT Public Transit System, visit the Town of Framingham’s web site at: or call 508-532-5459 or 800-649-6096.

Coming from the east or west? Take the MBTA Commuter Train into Downtown Framingham. The station is located directly adjacent to the Boston Marathon route, and three blocks from Framingham’s Cultural Triangle. For MBTA schedule information call 800-392-6100 (TTY 617-222-5146), or visit their web site at

Officials urge you to take Public Transportation when possible.

For more information - Boston Athletic Association – -- 617-236-1652.

Don't forget to visit the Free Framingham Rotary Multicultural Fair from 1 - 4 p.m. in Downtown Framingham at the Memorial Building and at the Civic League. Food, crafts, music, fun!


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With or Without Wheels

Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris at 12:00 pm on April 21, 1997

Boston Marathon 1997 wheelchair division coming through Framingham, MA

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Temperatures above 50 degrees and wind from the east are not considered favorable conditions for running from Hopkinton to Boston, and it was already starting to show on the faces of some of the ten thousand plus runners as they paced their way through the Framingham stretch of the 101st running of the Boston Marathon.

Runners left Hopkinton at 12 noon and the wheelchair division 15 minutes earlier. To participate, entrants had to be 18 years or older on race day, and have completed a sanctioned marathon with a qualifying time for their division during the previous year. With competetion like the Kenyans, Uta Pippig, Jean Driscoll, and other course favorites, most knew from the outset that they could not hope to win --- and most only hoped to finish the 26.2 mile course any amount of time.

Runners passing through Downtown Framingham in Boston Marathon, 1997First to cross the Framingham town line and pass the cheering crowds in downtown at a few minutes after noon, was the wheelchair division. Passing the Rt. 135 / Rt. 126, (Waverly St. / Concord St.), intersection, the difficulty of navigating rail-road crossings on the three wheeled racing chairs was obvious --- and became painfully so for Jean Driscoll when she later lost control and flipped her chair in Bookline's Cleveland Cirlce after her front wheel got hung up on a trolly track.

At the time of the crash, Driscoll, who had won the woman's wheelchair division for the past seven years, and held the course record in ...[read more]

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