The first group of runners in the 120th Boston Marathon will step off at 9 a.m. (Eastern) Monday morning and, before the day is done, 30,000 participants will make their way across the 26.2-mile course. The race is so popular that 4,562 qualified applicants were rejected due to the field being capped at 30,000.
This year, 100 Idaho residents are scheduled to participate; 25 of them call Boise home. The oldest Idahoan in the race is 74-year-old Carol Wright, of Sandpoint. Lowell Hawkes, 73, of Pocatello, is close behind.
Also of note, Idaho Falls couple Curt and Alana Wells will be running together in this year's Boston Marathon. Rexburg mother and son Keysha and Michael Stutz are also entered in Monday's marathon and two Meridian sisters-in-law, Kaidree and Rachelle Christensen, will be in this year's race.
It has been three years since the bombing that killed three people and injured 260 more during the marathon. Due to security, no backpacks are allowed on the course, drones are not allowed near the course during the race, more than 100 surveillance cameras are in place, and 3,500 law enforcement and military personnel will be posted along the route.
Approximately 500,000 spectators are expected to line the course and the Boston Red Sox play a home game each Marathon Monday, starting at 11 a.m. so fans can watch runners pass Fenway Park.
Participants are given a maximum of six hours to complete the course.