One of the most popular professional sporting events in Boston is the annual Boston Marathon, held on Patriots' Day - the Monday closest to April 19.
Hundreds of thousands of people line the race route from Hopkinton to Copley Square, 26 miles (and 385 yards) away. Truth be told, however, most people come not to see the professional runners, who are mostly by you in a flash, but to cheer on the thousands of amateurs who also run the race. Prime viewing spots near the finish line can be hard to come by; however, you can have just as much fun watching the race in places such as Washington Square in Brookline and Cleveland Circle on the Brookline/Brighton line (both accessible via the C, or Beacon Street, branch of the Green Line trolley).
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