Hopkinton's Marathon Footprint

The 26.2 Foundation, in collaboration with HCAM-TV, is pleased to announce the Hopkinton Marathon Footprint project; a series of stories written by freelance writer and Hopkinton resident Michelle Murdock. Written to support and promote the mission of the 26.2 Foundation, the stories focus on Hopkinton’s unique connection to the Boston Marathon and marathoning and the effect of that connection on the town and its residents.

From the establishment of the start line in Hopkinton in 1924 and Hopkinton’s connection to the Boston Athletic Association, to the creation of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee in 1980, to Hopkinton’s sister city relationship with Marathon, Greece, and the local presence of the Marathon Flame, the marathon touches all aspects of life in Hopkinton. Each year, in connection with the Scholars and Stars Program sponsored by John Hancock, it brings excitement to the students at Elmwood School, inspires creativity in artists, both near and far, it challenges runners, contributes to charities, and creates memories that will be forever cherished.

“These stories will prove that Hopkinton stands alone in the marathon world,” said 26.2 Foundation President Tim Kilduff. “No other community, which hosts the start of a major marathon, exhibits its support, love and respect for the sport of marathoning like Hopkinton does, has, and will continue to do.”

We invite you to join us in this celebration of Hopkinton’s marathon history as we look back at the beginning of the footprint and move forward to explore its growth and future expansion.

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