Unlocking the Mystery: 7 Shocking Facts About the Boston Marathon

1. The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon race, first held in 1897. It was inspired by the success of the marathon event at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.

2. The Boston Marathon course is known for its challenging terrain, including the infamous Heartbreak Hill, a steep climb at mile 20 that often separates the contenders from the pretenders.

3. The Boston Marathon has also had some surprising winners, such as Bobbi Gibb, who in 1966 became the first woman to run the race, despite being told by the race director that women were not allowed to participate.

4. The Boston Marathon is also known for its unique traditions, such as the pre-race pasta dinner, which is held the night before the race and is attended by many of the top runners.

5. The Boston Marathon is not just a race for the elite runners, but also for the everyday runners who take part in the event to raise money for charity.

6. The Boston Marathon has had some notable international winners, including the first African winner, Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya, who won the race in 1988, and the first Asian winner, Lee Bong-ju of South Korea, who won the race in 2001.

7. The Boston Marathon is one of the few marathons in the world that requires runners to qualify based on their age and gender, as well as their previous race times.