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 the founder and president of Moving Greater Boston and a Vice President of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Warren Residential. After graduating from UMASS Amherst with a degree in psychology in 2008, Josh dedicated five years to social service work on the North Shore before joining Berkshire Hathaway in 2013, where he found his professional calling and quickly distinguished himself as a motivated innovator capable of synthesizing the needs of buyers, sellers, investors, and developers. In just a few short years, Josh formed Moving Greater Boston and achieved over $100 million in sales after only 7 years in the business. Josh's team has been consistently recognized at both the local and national levels, receiving numerous prestigious awards for sales and customer service. Last year, the Moving Greater Boston team was awarded the coveted Chairman’s Circle Platinum award for all of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, which recognizes agents and teams that are in the top 1% for sales across a network of over 70,000 agencies. In 2017, Josh was also personally selected to serve on the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services National REthink Council, an honor bestowed upon only 15 agents among thousands of applicants. Despite his many and ongoing successes in the world of real estate, Joshua has never lost sight of his social work roots. A compassionate and principled professional who knows the value of strong communities, Josh continues his advocacy outside of the office by being actively 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 aspiring entrepreneurs. As a native of Massachusetts, Joshua has an intimate knowledge of Boston real estate, while having a degree in psychology helps him to understand each of his clients' unique needs, enabling him to connect them with ideal communities, an opportunity which he considers both a priority and privilege. Rather than simply facilitating the buying and selling of property, Josh views his role as a realtor as a lifelong commitment to continually serving the best interests of the people who have put their trust in him. Josh continually strives for excellence in service, provides in-depth knowledge of the market, and blends unwavering integrity with amenable good humor to alleviate the stress of real estate transactions and assure the experience is one that lets the sensation of being in the perfect place, at the perfect time, truly resonate.