Prospective Boston Marathoners may encounter a slightly different course next year with news of potential road works at the first 1 mile of the race. If the proposed work goes ahead, the current course could be shortened by around 6 to 8 feet.
While not drastic, it may well come as a welcome revamp for a marathon that is known to be undulating. The course includes the notorious Heartbreak Hill, a 600m ascent between mile 20 and 21 near Boston College.
Executive director of the BAA, Tom Grilk, said the marathon course had undergone adjustments over previous years due to road works. Grilk commented: "We will ensure the accuracy of the marathon’s distance well in advance of next year’s race."
Last year’s event attracted 36,000 entries - the second largest in the race’s history - and saw Meb Keflezighi become the first American male to win the marathon for over 30 years.