Boston Marathon Weekend Kicks Off With First Ever Opening Ceremony – CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) – Copley Square was filled with lights, Boston Marathon historical instruments, and live music Friday night, to kick off the weekend’s marathon.
“Very exciting,” Vancouver’s Reg Chow told WBZ. “The people here are very cool. For the first time they have the opening ceremonies. It is very special.”
Chow runs the 6th Boston Marathon. He’s happy to be back in town for the first time for the Boston Marathon in 910 days.
“This is the most famous and exciting historical race in the world,” he said. “You can’t beat it.”
Fans and runners, including Zhao, snapped photos with the huge “BAA” sign that marked the historic 125th race of the Boston Marathon.
At the inaugural opening ceremony, Boston Athletic Association CEO Tom Greelke welcomed a crowd of runners and family to Boston, honoring outstanding runners and contributors to Marathon history. This included a moment for Dick Hoyt, the father who made such a good impression nationwide as he drove his son Rick 26.2 miles each year. Hoyt died in March 2021.
Others honored include Ellison Brown, Sarah May Berman, and Gloria Ratti.