Six races on the Sunday morning of Boston Marathon weekend serve as the perfect appetizer for the big race on Monday. Since 2009, spectators and runners of the Marathon have enjoyed watching these track-meet style events.
Middle School 1K
The first of six races belong to middle-school aged students from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course – Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and Boston. Participants must be between the sixth and eighth grade, and be residents of the city or town they choose to represent. The 1,000 meter race kicks off not long after the conclusion of the B.A.A. 5K, and the participants loop across the Boston Marathon finish line, before finishing in front of hundreds of cheering fans.
Scholastic Invitational Mile
After the middle-school athletes have finished, the high-school-aged participants take to Boylston Street for the 1-mile race. Like the Middle School 1K, the 16 participants in the boy’s and girl’s Scholastic mile must be residents of the city and town they choose to represent, and between the ninth and 12th grade.
Professional Invitational Mile
Since its inception in 2009, athletes from England, Ireland, Ethiopia, and the United States have taken off down Boylston Street in pursuit of the $14,200 combined prize purse. Running the same course as the high school athletes, the professional athletes run the straight-aways a bit faster, and take the turns a bit tighter.
Following the six races, an award ceremony is held for the victors.