Happy Patriots’ Day

by Bryan on 4/20/2009 at 9:22 AM in Sports

Good morning, and happy Patriots’ Day to everyone! If you’re a runner, or from New England, you know what happens on Patriots’ Day—The Boston Marathon. The elite women will be starting in a little over 20 minutes (9:32 AM ET), with the men starting at 10 AM ET.

My DVR is set. Universal Sports will be broadcasting the event, including streaming online, if your cable or satellite provider doesn’t offer the station.

Due to a couple of high profile American runners making their Boston debut, there is a great deal of additional interest in today’s race. Ryan Hall, making his Boston debut, leads the men’s field with the fastest PR, though it was set on a relatively fast course at the London Marathon, rather than the more challenging Boston course. Leading the contingent of American women is Kara Goucher, who is also making her Boston debut, has openly stated that she’s here to win, even though this is only her second ever marathon. Good luck to them both, and to all runners in today’s Boston Marathon!