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Over 30,000 runners from the United States and 98 other countries are expected to compete on Monday, April 18, 2016, according to the Boston Athletic Association (BAA). Half a million fans will line the 26.2 mile route that passes through eight cities and towns from Hopkinton to Boston.
“The Boston Marathon is a national tradition that brings together the business community and civic leaders in celebration and excitement,” said Assistant Secretary of Business Development Nam Pham. “Every year tourists and locals alike come together to support professional and amateur athletes.”
“The Boston Marathon is one of the most iconic sports traditions in the world,” said Francois Nivaud, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. “The Marathon helps us showcase the unparalleled beauty, culture, history and spirit of Massachusetts.”
Activities leading up to the Marathon include the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo, taking place Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay. On Saturday, April 16, the BAA holds a 5K race, starting and ending on Boston Common, with over 10,000 entrants, including 600 from outside the U.S.
Pat Moscaritolo, President and CEO of Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, estimates that marathon activities will bring an estimated $188.8 million (USD) in spending impact to the region. “All of us in the Boston area visitor industry look forward each year to the Boston Marathon and the remarkable spending impacts this historic event brings to our community,” he said.
“Massachusetts is proud of its championship sports culture, ranging from amateur, youth and collegiate programs to our acclaimed professional sports teams,” said Shannah McArdle, Director of the Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office. “The Boston Marathon highlights the competitive and generous spirit of both the sports community and the people of Massachusetts.”