Since 1897, The Boston Marathon has evolved into a race of utmost prominence. It is now the longest running marathon and will celebrate its 116th anniversary April 16th, 2012. As this race can be seen as the common man’s Olympics, it attracts the world’s most elite and avid runners. The goal of this study was to analyze the overall qualifying standards and financial impacts regarding sponsorships and charities, as well as the social influences that advanced the significance of this race. A literature review was conducted through examination of academic articles, books, and social networking sites. The city of Boston and the Boston Athletic Association headquarters were visited in order to acquire supplementary data. The conclusions will be summarized and discussed.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2012


James M. Larkin

Mentor Department Affiliation

Exercise and Sport Science

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Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Exercise and Sport Science