11 Watertown Residents Joining Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, Registration Open

The following announcement was provided by the the Jimmy Fund Walk:

Eleven residents from Watertown will choose their own route on October 4th for the annual Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. Participants are encouraged to walk wherever they choose: around their neighborhood, a local hiking trail, a treadmill, or anywhere else they are comfortable. Betsy Gartrell, Alexandra Kontes, Martha Krache, David Morris, Kate Morris, Garry Nolan, Kimberly O’Hagan, Brendan O’Hagan, Thomas Opar, Lisa Soo Hoo, and one Watertown resident, along with thousands of other walkers, will participate in virtual programming during the Walk that aims to recreate the most inspiring elements of Walk day. While the event will not physically bring walkers together along the famed Boston Marathon® course, it will unite the community to raise funds to support all forms of adult and pediatric care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  The event has raised more than $145 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in its 30+ year history. “While we can’t see everyone in person this year, we are excited for the virtual programing which will give participants the opportunity to support breakthroughs in cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,” said Zack Blackburn, Director of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.

Boston Marathon Organizers Offering Refunds to Entrants

The organizers of the Boston Marathon announced that refunds will be offered for those who decide not to participate in the rescheduled race in September. The deadline to accept or reject the refund is May 29, 2020. Also, the B.A.A. 5K has been postponed to Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. The following information was provided by the B.A.A.:

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that participants in the 2020 Boston Marathon, which was originally scheduled for April 20, 2020 but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, may elect to receive a refund for entry fees associated with the Boston Marathon.

Forty Runners from Watertown Entering the 2019 Boston Marathon

The 123rd Boston Marathon will include 40 runners from Watertown. The number of local entrants is up one from last year. The highpoint for local runners came in 2014, the year after the Boston Marathon Bombings, when Watertown had 72 entrants. If you are going to watch the race, find out about spectator rules by clicking here. You can also watch the race on TV by tuning into WBZ Channel 4 in Boston, or NBC Sports if you live outside the area.

Marathon Monday Transportation Tips from the MBTA

The 123rd Boston Marathon will take place on Patriots’ Day, April 15, 2019. The MBTA provided information about getting around during the marathon, and getting to the finish line in Copley Square. See the info below. The Boston Marathon draws thousands of runners and spectators each Patriots’ Day—the third Monday in April. The 123rd Boston Marathon is April 15, 2019.

Watertown Man Running Marathon to Raise Funds for Hospital That Cared For His Son

Watertown’s John Airasian will run the Boston Marathon this year, his first full marathon, to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital. A Watertown man has decided to run the Boston Marathon for the first time to raise money for the hospital that cared for his young son when he needed surgery. John Airasian has pledged to raise $10,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital, and hopes to surpass that amount. He wants to help the people who helped his son. “A few years back, my son Michael was admitted into Children’s Hospital to have an internal cyst removed from his throat and I was able to witness the care that all the Doctor’s, Nurses and Staff at BCH give,” Airasian said.

See How Runners from Watertown Finished in the 2018 Boston Marathon

Battling rainy, gusty and cold conditions, along with the normal challenges of the Boston Marathon, these Watertown runners completed the race on Monday. 

Watertown’s fastest runner was Craig Hammond, who finished in 2:44:20. The 23-year-old’s time was the 246th fastest for men and 269th overall. The fastest female runner from Watertown was Erin Jaffke, 25, who finished in 3:10:58. She was the 305th fastest woman. Thirty-three Watertown runners completed the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston.

See How the 2018 Boston Marathon May Impact Your Day, Find Info for Spectators

The 2018 Boston Marathon will once again draw thousands of spectators to the 26.2 mile course from Hopkinton to Copley Square, and the race may impact how you get around on Monday. See info about the T, spectator rules, street closings and more. To accommodate the race, the T will make some changes to its normal service, including altering some routes, closing some subway stations. In some cases the T has added more service to move the crowds around the area. CHANGES TO MBTA SERVICES

The MBTA provided the following information:

Due to safety concerns, Copley Station will be closed for the entire day on April 16.