Officials Mark Start Of Boston Marathon With Blue Lines

HOPKINTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The town of Hopkinton is where it all starts for the Boston Marathon, and this year, a new tradition is being added.

Despite the rain, officials with the town and with the marathon started a new tradition of painting three blue lines at the beginning of the route.

“Mother Nature seems to want to put a damper on this for us, but this event and the subsequent painting has been two years in the making,” the Boston Athletic Association’s John Coutinho said.

Coutinho helped with the inaugural painting of the blue line.

“The three blue lines will not only designate the race day route for the runners will take from Hopkinton to Boston, the lines will also highlight Hopkinton stewardship of the start in the first mile of the most prestigious marathon,” Coutinho said.

They painted on a black tarp as a symbolic gesture due to the rain. Crews will be back Wednesday when the weather is better to paint the actual road.

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WBZ NewsRadio’s James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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