Read on the Road: Famed Moments of the Boston Marathon

Monday marks the start of the 123rd Boston Marathon. This year, the Moving Greater Boston team is volunteering on behalf of the American Liver Foundation in Copley. We’ve put together a digestible list of some of the greatest marathon moments in history that you can read between Hopkington and Copley.




Historical Moments of The Boston Marathon


  • The marathon at the Athens Summer Olympics inspired the creation of the Boston Marathon in 1896.
  • From 1897-1986, the Marathon was held on Patriots Day, April 19 and was moved to Monday when the 19th fell on a Sunday.  In 1969, the marathon moved to the third Monday of April.
  • John Graham organized the first Boston Marathon in 1897.
  • John J. McDermott placed first on April 19, 1897.
  • Women weren’t allowed entry into the race until 1971, but Roberta Gibb and Katherine Switzer snuck into the race and competed in 1966 and 1967.
  • Nina Kuscsik was the first woman to win the Boston Marathon in 1972.
  • The Boston Marathon included the first wheelchair division in 1975, recognizing Bob Hall who finished the race in 2 hours and 58 minutes.
  • Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach won the women’s race in 1985, finishing at 2:34:06.
  • Ernst Van Dyk holds 9 titles at the Boston Marathon, making him the most successful marathoner to date.
  • There was a partial eclipse of the sun in 1939 in Hopkington when runners were faced with dark Northeast weather.
  • In 1905, the temperature climbed to 100 degrees. Just 3 years later, in 1908, runners competed in snow and rain.








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About the Author

Joshua Stephens is a vice president at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential serving the Greater Boston area. He joined the company in 2013 and quickly distinguished himself as a motivated innovator working with buyers, sellers, investors, and developers. 

After only a few years in the business, he formed the Moving Greater Boston Team which expanded his network and helped him achieve the huge milestone of over $100 Million in career sales! This achievement came after only 7 years in the business.

Joshua's team has been recognized at both the local and national levels, achieving top awards for sales over the past few years. Last year, they were awarded the prestigious Chairman’s Circle Platinum award for all of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. This recognizes agents that are in the top 1% for the year across a network of over 70,000 agents and teams. 

Joshua was also personally chosen to serve on the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices national REthink Council, a position bestowed by BHHS executives to 15 agents among thousands of applicants, in 2017. Outside of the office, Joshua is involved in a number of local organizations and charities. In 2016, he was instrumental in conceptualizing and developing Business Networking International (BNI) Prospect Hill, an organization that connects local business professionals and entrepreneurs.

A resident of Massachusetts, Joshua believes that connecting his clients with ideal communities is both a priority and privilege. He sees his role as a Realtor as about more than simply facilitating the buying and selling of property, but rather serving as lifelong advisor. Due to this, Joshua is able to alleviate the typical burdens of moving and assure the experience is one that lets the sensation of being in the perfect place, at the perfect time, truly resonate.