Final preparations underway for the Boston Marathon

Massachusetts

Preparations are underway in Boston for the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon.

“It’s 16 weeks of training,” said Shalisa Davis, who’s running in the Marathon. “You put all your other races, everything else on hold just for the moment to say you ran in the Boston Marathon.”

Workers were busy transforming Copley Square for Patriot’s Day, and runners are also gearing up for the big race. 

“It’s really just shaking out the legs a little bit, getting the treatment you need and getting mentally excited,” explained Sara Hall, who’s considered an “elite runner.”

They will run 26.2 miles from Hopkinton and end here in Boston on Boylston Street. Another “elite runner” told 22news how she plans to spend the next three days in Boston. 

“It’s going to be a lot of just trying to stay off your feet, getting naps in when you can, and focusing on nutrition and hydration,” said Lindsay Flanagan. 

But another athlete, getting some miles in on Friday, said she has different plans for Marathon weekend. 

“Shop, eat, hang out with friends, and just get ready for the big day,” said Jetola Anderson-Blair. 

People coming into the city for Marathon Monday are being urged to take the MBTA. The race will begin Monday morning at 9:02 a.m.

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