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Just over a year ago, the world watched as tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon. Two bombs exploded near the finish line at about the 4-hour mark, resulting in 3 deaths, more than 200 injuries and an 18-hour manhunt involving a citywide lockdown, a dramatic police shootout and a highly publicized arrest. The Boston Marathon will never be the same again.
Started by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) in 1897, the venerable race was inspired by and modeled on the 24.8-mile 1896 Athens Olympics marathon. The 26.2-mile distance was later instituted after the 1908 London Olympics, when King Edward VII and Queen Alexandria insisted the Olympic marathon begin within their view at Windsor Castle, thus adding the extra mileage and henceforth creating a global standard. Up through 1968, the Boston Marathon took place on Patriots' Day, April 19th, before being switched generally to Mondays and specifically most often to the third Monday in April.
This fine pair of Boston Marathon mementos includes: 1909 - “INSPECTOR” on pinback, “B.A.A.” on raised-relief medallion front, and “MARATHON RACE / APRIL 19th 1909 / DIEGES & CLUST 129 TREMONT ST. BOSTON” on ribbon (1-1/2” x 3”, EX to EX/MT); 1925 - “JUDGE AT FINISH” on pinback, gilt lettering of “AMERICAN MARATHON APRIL 20, 1925” mostly visible on ribbon, and “BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSN. / Dieges & Clust” on unicorn medallion (1-2/3” x 3-1/4”, VG/EX due to ribbon wear).
1909, 1925 Boston Marathon Officials' Medals Pair
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