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Boston Marathon - Monday April 16, 2012

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 8:14 pm on April 13, 2012

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The 116th running of the Boston Marathon will take place on Patriot's Day -- Monday, April 16, 2012.

Boston Marathon Wheel Chair Racers, illustration, Copyright (c)1997 Randy M. Harris, all rights reserved.

To accommodate the 25,000+ participants, start times will be staggered into three waves following the disabled and elite marathoners who will begin to leave Hopkinton starting at 9:00am.

The schedule below lists the various divisions and starting times:

  • 9:00 a.m. – Mobility Impaired Start
  • 9:17 a.m. - Push-rim Wheelchair Division Start
  • 9:22 a.m. - Handcycle Participants Start
  • 9:32 a.m. - Elite Women's Start
  • 10:00 a.m. - Elite Men's and Wave One Start
  • 10:20 a.m. - Wave Two Start
  • 10:40 a.m. - Wave Three Start

Runners will pass through Framingham headed east from the Ashland town line to the Natick town line on Rt. 135, (Waverly Street in Framingham).

Waverly Street, (Rt. 135), and the roads crossing it will be closed starting at 8:30am until approximately 1:30pm. Motorists needing to get through Downtown Framingham will need to use alternate routes.  The roads will remain barricaded and closed to vehicular traffic until the majority of runners pass through Framingham.  There is no parking on Waverly Street on the night before the race.

For more info, visit the B.A.A. / Boston Marathon Website at:  www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon

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Patriots' Day in Framingham

Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris at 11:59 pm on April 19, 2010

Minuteman Statue, Buckminster Square, Framingham, MA USA

Minuteman Statue, Buckminster Square, Framingham, MA USA

FRAMINGHAM, MA - While many locals think about the Boston Marathon and a three day weekend -- many forget, or never knew the significance of April 19th which is celebrated as Patriots' Day in the State of Massachusetts.

Patriots' Day commemorates the original American Patriots, the Revolutionary War soldiers who fought the British at Lexington and Concord, on April 19th in the year 1775.

Many don't realize the significance Framingham's own Minutemen played in the War for Independence.    Before the first shot was fired on the battlefields of Lexington and Concord, Framingham residents readied themselves and worked closely with other patriots throughout the greater Framingham area in 1775.

The next time you are driving from Framingham Center towards Downtown, as you head south on Main St., and it divides, (Main St. to the left, Maple St. to right, and straight ahead is Union Ave.), consider for a moment as you pass the statue of the Minuteman, that you have just passed through the same location where Framingham residents gathered and planned and mustered to defend us against tyranny and oppression long before we were born.

Below are excepts from our Framingham Historic Timeline, (written by former Town Historian, Stephen Herring).

February 22, 1775 - British General Gage sends out spies to chart the way to Worcester for his invasion. They stay at Buckminster's tavern and observe the Framingham minutemen drilling.
April 19, 1775 - General Gage sends his Redcoats against Lexington and Concord instead of Framingham and Worcester. Framingham sends it's minutemen, and one man is wounded.

On April 19th, 1775, the original Patriot's Day, Framingham was there.   The Minuteman statue in Buckminster Square stands as a reminder of the events which not only shaped Framingham,  but shaped a nation.

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