Today is Patriot’s Day, a holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, but ever since 1897, Patriot’s Day has also been race day for the Boston Marathon. This year’s marathon marks the 119th anniversary of the Boston Marathon, making it the world’s oldest annual marathon. It is also one of my favorite days to be in Boston. Even though the weather this year is cool and rainy, I’ll be celebrating by watching the Red Sox at Fenway and cheering on the marathon runners as they come into Back Bay.
Check out Boston Magazine’s Boston Marathon Guide
My congratulations to all the runners and sincere thanks to the Boston Athletic Association, city of Boston, the volunteers and first responders who help to make this world class event such a special day to me and everyone else in the city.
Part of the Boston Marathon experience is the build up of excitement, starting the weekend before, as tens of thousands of visitors come to Boston ahead of the race, which takes place this Monday. One of those events that is fun to check out (and free) is the three-day John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo at the Hynes Expo in Back Bay. Last year, more than 100,000 attendees participated.
In addition to possibly meeting some of the world’s top runners and fitness enthusiasts, the Expo also offers an opportunity for bargain shoppers looking for health and fitness related apparel and products.
Where: Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street, Boston
When: Friday, April 17: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday, April 18 – 19: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
One of my favorite LGBT organizations, The Welcoming Committee, is planning a massive takeover of Fenway Park on Thursday, May 21st when the Red Sox play host for a night game with the Texas Rangers.
With more than a thousand bleacher seats reserved, join what could be TWC’s largest takeover in memory. In true form, TWC, will host a pre-game “tailgate” by Who’s on First for those who are interested. More details about the evening’s fun and how to purchase tickets online are available via the link included.
The Welcoming Committee Fenway Park Takeover – May 21st
Boston Spirit Magazine, WEEI and The Boston Red Sox are hosting a Hot Stove Panel Discussion at Cathedral Station next Sunday – March 29th.
Join former Red Sox player, Lou Merloni, Red Sox COO, Sam Kennedy, Baseball writers Rob Bradford and John Tomase as well as Boston Herald writer, Steve Buckley will share stories and answer any questions you have.
Space is expected to fill quickly so plan to arrive early to get a seat.
When: Sunday, March 29th from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Cathedral Station at 1222 Washington Street
It may not seem possible if you live in the frozen tundra (otherwise known as Boston) but pitchers and catchers for the Boston Red Sox report for spring training tomorrow, Friday, February 20th.
The rest of the team will head down to Florida and have their first day of training on Wednesday, February 25th. I’d rather not dwell on last season and am looking forward to opening day on Monday, April 13, 2015.
Here are a few more baseball themed pictures to get you excited for the 2015 MLB season which starts in about six weeks.
The recent decision of the US Olympic Committee to select Boston as America’s host city for the 2024 Summer Olympics bid has a lot of Bostonians in a tizzy.
Unlike a lot of people who are critical of the city’s bid, I’ve actually lived in a city that prepared for Summer Olympics and experienced that city’s Olympic games. I understand that the process up until now has bypassed many of the citizens who call Boston home and there is concern our money could be put to better use. However, I see this as an amazing opportunity and therein lies my beef with Bostonians who have already decided this is somehow a terrible fate.
First, there is no guarantee that Boston will host the 2024 Summer Olympics, but by being the US Olympic Committee’s host city, we get quite a bit of attention and we can start to think and imagine what those games might look like and the infrastructure that we would need to have in place. By infrastructure, I mean the investments that will need to be made in our roads, public transportation, airport, additional hotel space, etc…, which benefit us all long after the summer games.
Additionally the Olympic Games will spur the city and region into action and that can potentially benefit all of us far beyond 2024. I recognize pitfalls have bedeviled many host cities but those failures offer us lessons in what not do just as past successes in cities like Barcelona, Atlanta and London offer insights into what does work.
Let’s focus on how we can make this an opportunity that helps bring more tourists, conventions, businesses and people to Boston. The Olympic Games remains an amazing opportunity and spotlight for Boston. How we leverage that opportunity will ultimately decide if Boston 2024 is good or bad for the city.
My two cents.
I know there are a lot of people who are not happy about the US Olympic Committee’s decision to submit Boston to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. I lived through the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and am not unaware of the problems / costs often associated with host city bids, but for the moment I could not be more proud and happy for my hometown.