The city of Boston will kick off its world famous Boston Marathon on April 18, 2011. The race is 26.2 miles throughout the city of Boston. Thousands of athletes will participate in the race, some traveling from other countries! The race consists of many different divisions including elite men and women, mobility impaired, push-rim wheelchair, and handcycle. This race is a tradition to the city of Boston and to many marathon participants! This famous, challenging race is popular due to the athletes that attend and the level of difficulty of the course. The races can be seen locally on WBZ-TV and on the internet.
Winners are awarded prize money for coming in top place. A prize money total of $806,000 is awarded in equal amounts to men and women as follows:
- Top 15 men and women ($150,000 for first place to $1,500 for 15th place, for a total of $353,000 each for men and women).
- Top 5 men and women in the 40-and-over division ($10,000 for first place to $1,000 for 5th place, for a total of $20,000 each for men and women).
- Top 10 men and women in the wheelchair division ($15,000 for first place to $500 for 10th place, for a total of $30,000 each for men and women).
I have never participated in a marathon. Have you ever participated in any kind of marathon? If so, why did you participate?
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