It’s the largest event of its kind in New England each year and one of the largest in the country.
It’s a bucket-list accomplishment for many of its participants.
It blends world-class competitors with weekend warriors, all sharing the same west-to-east route from its more rural start to the finish line in the city center.
Along the way, throngs of spectators share in the joy and occasional misery of the competitors.
For those in the running community, this might describe Monday’s 122nd Boston Marathon.