Misfit Challenges Boston Marathon
Timeframe: 4/1/18 to 6/30/18
Amateur and professional runners from all over the world compete in the Boston Marathon each year, braving the hilly Massachusetts terrain and varying weather to take part in the race.
1. The Boston Marathon is an annual race hosted by several cities in eastern Massachusetts. The course runs through 26 miles 385 yards of winding roads and city streets into the center of Boston. It is always held on the third Monday of April, often referred to by local residents as "Marathon Monday."
Read a book set in Massachusetts - or - a book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter.
Pucked Over Helena Hunting 4/17/18
2. It was first run in April 1897, inspired by the revival of the marathon for the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. The event was scheduled for the recently established holiday of Patriots' Day, thereby linking the Athenian and American struggles for liberty.
* Read a book with 6 or 7 in the original publication YEAR (tell us the year) - or - a book set in Greece.
(2017) Separation Games C.D. Reiss 4/2/18
3. It is one of six World Marathon Majors and is one of the five major events that continued to be held in the United States through the years of both World Wars. The Kentucky Derby, Penn Relays, Rose Parade, and Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show are the others.
* Read a book set during one of the world wars - or - a book with a horse or a dog on the the cover (show us the cover).
Unraveling the Pieces Terri DuLong 4/9/18
4. The event attracts 500,000 spectators each year, making it New England's most widely viewed sporting event. Though starting with only 15 participants in 1897, the event now attracts an average of about 30,000 registered participants each year.
* Read a book with an intact "15" in the total number of pages (tell us how many) - or - a book with at least 30,000 ratings (tell us how many).
(51,183 Ratings) Stillhouse Lake Rachel Caine 5/6/18
5. The Boston Marathon was originally a local event, but its fame and status now attract runners from all over the world. For most of its history, the Boston Marathon was a free event, and the only prize awarded for winning the race was a wreath woven from olive branches. However, corporate-sponsored cash prizes began to be awarded in the 1980's when professional athletes refused to run the race without them.
* Read a book that you got for free (a library book, gift, ARC) - or - a book set in the 1980's.
Tough Luck Hero Maisey Yates 4/3/18
6. Women were not allowed to enter the Boston Marathon officially until 1972. Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb is recognized as the first woman to run the entire Boston Marathon (in 1966). In 1967, Kathrine Switzer, who had registered as "K. V. Switzer", was the first woman to run and finish with a race number. She finished despite an infamous incident in which a race official tried to rip off her numbers and eject her from the race. Now, about 46 percent of the entrants are female.
* Read a book with a strong female main character - or - a book with a FEMALE author who uses an initial or initials instead of a first name (be sure to provide the link to the author's GR page).
Marriage Games C.D. Reiss 4/1/18
7. In 1980, unknown amateur runner Rosie Ruiz crossed the line first in the women's race. Marathon officials became suspicious when it was discovered Ruiz did not appear in race videotapes until near the end of the race. A subsequent investigation concluded that Ruiz had skipped most of the race and blended into the crowd about one mile from the finish line, where she then ran to her apparent victory. Ruiz was officially disqualified.
* Read a book in which a character tries to cheat but gets caught - or - a book with a character whose name contains the letter "Z" (tell us the name).
Zoe Dream Lake Lisa Kleypas 4/11/18
8. During the 2013 Boston Marathon, nearly three hours after the winners crossed the finish line, two explosions occurred about 200 yards apart on Boylston Street, in the last 225 yards of the course. The race was halted, preventing many from finishing. Three spectators were killed and an estimated 264 were injured.
* Read a book in which an explosion occurs - or - a book in which someone gets killed unexpectedly.
Don't Let Go Harlan Coben 4/22/18
9. The Boston Marathon is considered to be a difficult course because of the Newton hills, which culminate in Heartbreak Hill near Boston College. Though Heartbreak Hill itself rises only 88 feet vertically, it comes in the portion of a marathon distance where muscle glycogen stores are most likely to be depleted—a phenomenon referred to by marathoners as "hitting the wall".
* Read a book with a character who is a serious runner - or - a book set on a college campus.
Rock Redemption Nalini Singh 4/5/18
10. In 2007, astronaut Sunita Williams ran the Boston Marathon from the International Space Station, becoming the first person to run a marathon in space. An official entrant of the marathon that year, she was sent a specialty bib and medal on the STS-117 flight of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
* Read a book with an astronaut character - or - a book originally published in 2007.
Star Dust Emma Barry 4/27/2018
11. In 1975, the Boston Marathon became the first major marathon to include a wheelchair competition. Bob Hall wrote race director Will Cloney to ask if he could compete in the race in his wheelchair. Cloney wrote back that he could not give Hall a race number but would recognize Hall as an official finisher if he completed the race in under 3 hours, 30 minutes. Hall finished in 2 hours, 58 minutes, thus paving the way for the wheelchair division. The Boston Marathon also hosts a blind/visually impaired division and a mobility impaired program. Similar to the running divisions, a set of qualifying times has been developed for these divisions to motivate aspiring athletes and ensure competitive excellence.
* Read a book with a character who is disabled in some way - or - a book with a chair on the cover--bonus if it's a wheelchair! (show us the cover).
Butternut Summer Mary McNear 4/22/18
12. Every year the Boston Red Sox play a home game at Fenway Park, starting at 11:05 am. When the game ends, the crowd empties into Kenmore Square to cheer as the runners enter the final mile. This tradition started in 1903. In the 1940's, the Red Sox from the American League and the Boston Braves from the National League (who moved to Milwaukee after the 1953 season) alternated yearly as to which would play the morning game.
Read a book with some sort of athletic game/sport in the plot (tell us what) - or - a book with a bright red cover (show us the cover).
(family game of rugby, family of rugby players, coaches and a pro player)
Rock Hard Nalini Singh 4/5/18
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