The Richest Marathon Major Flags off in Boston this morning.

April 22nd, 2008 - 12:29 am ICT by amritpal  

Monday morning, the 112th Marathod of the Boston Athletic Association flags off. The 26.2 mile marathon between from Hopkinton to Boston will see 25,000 runners - the second biggest ever. Only in 1996 was the number bigger, owing to the centenary celebrations.

The runners are expected to be flagged off in the morning, starting with PushRim Wheel chair runners at 0925 Hrs, followed by Elite Women runners at 0935 Hrs. The Elite Men and the first Wave of runners will be flagged off at 1000 Hrs, while the second and the last wave starts at 1030 Hrs. Winners will be distributed $796,000 in all, making it the richest of the World Marathon Majors events. The man and woman winning the marathon will be given $150,000, which is higher than any other marathon in the world.

Boston drivers may like to note that their daily traffic routes will be affected as usual. The official marathon map can be accessed from the site of Boston Athletic Association here .

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