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The Boston Marathon: Traditions and Lore

March 27 @ 7:00 pm EDT

Paul Clerici will describe and illustrate such foot race traditions as the connection between the Greek god Zeus, the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC, and the gold-dipped olive-branch wreaths each champion receives; the growth of the start and finish lines from its simple origins as a single line to its lavish colorful artistry; the unique athlete and culture exchange program with the Ohme-Hochi 30K in Japan that began with four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers in the 1970s; statues and monuments along the course, including one of runner-sculptor Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to finish the Boston Marathon and who created the life-size statue herself; the ever-changing beauty of the finisher medal; the evolution of media coverage; the athlete villages, one of which began in 1996 to accommodate its largest field of 38,000 for  its centennial; and more.

Paul Clerici has written extensively on the iconic local race in his books Boston Marathon History by the Mile, Images of Modern America: The Boston Marathon, and newly released Boston Marathon Traditions and Lore.

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Walpole Public Library

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Date:
March 27
Time:
7:00 pm EDT
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Friends of the Library
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info@walpolefriends.org

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Sponsored by
Friends of the Walpole Public Library

Venue

Community Room
143 School Street
Walpole, MA 02081 United States
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Details

Date:
March 27
Time:
7:00 pm EDT
Event Categories:
, ,

Organizer

Friends of the Library
Email
info@walpolefriends.org

Other

Sponsored by
Friends of the Walpole Public Library

Venue

Community Room
143 School Street
Walpole, MA 02081 United States
+ Google Map