Get In on the Action in Boston

The 2009 Boston Marathon is shaping up to be a very exciting race. I’m overjoyed to be entered in my second Boston, but a tiny bit of me wishes I could be two places at once – both running hard out on the course and cheering hard from the sidelines.marathonphoto1

One of the most thrilling things about running Boston is the chance to participate in the same event as some of the greatest endurance athletes in the world. (We “mortals” can simply think of ourselves as in a different heat!) As a fellow Minnesota girl, I’m pulling for 2008 Olympic competitor Kara Goucher to have a great day in the women’s race.  In her second marathon, the 2008 NYC Marathon third-place finisher will run against a more experienced field including last year’s Boston women’s winner, Ethiopia’s Dire Tune. Kara’s Olympic teammates Ryan Hall and Brian Sell will run in the men’s elite event, along with multiple-time champ and current course record holder Robert K. Cheruiyot of Kenya.

The hugely inspiring father-son team Dick and Rick Hoyt will attempt their 1000th race as partners on Monday, along with more than 22,000 entrants from all over the globe. Bill Rodgers, a Boston Marathon legend, has also said he will run. A four-time Boston Marathon champion during the late 1970s, Rodgers will have the unique privilege of competing  with the fastest men on the planet and, equally if not more difficult at times, competing against himself.

If you’re anywhere near Bean Town Monday, there’s no more thrilling place to be.

Not in New England? You can still virtually cheer on the field.

Universal Sports web broadcasting will air the race live, beginning at 9:30 EST. To catch the race here, double-check your computer has all needed plug-ins. The Boston Marathon website will make live online tracking available during the race, or fans can set up text/email athlete alerts to follow the runner of their choice.

Good luck to all Boston runners!

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