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Participants in First Boston Marathon

Sneaker Foot PrintTrivia Question

How many people finished the first Boston Marathon in 1897?

Trivia Question Answer

15 people started the first Boston Marathon in 1897. Of that fifteen, ten finished the the race. The winner was John J. McDermott with a time of 2:55:10. That first race covered a distance of 25.4 miles and started from Metcalf’s Hill in Ashland, MA.  The start of the Marathon was moved from Metcalf’s Hill to Hopkinton, MA in 1924 and at the same time the distance was extended to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard.