TheÂ Boston MarathonÂ is an annualÂ marathonÂ hosted by several cities inÂ greater BostonÂ in eastern Massachusetts, United States. It is always held onÂ Patriots’ Day, the third Monday of April. Begun in 1897, inspired by the success of the first marathon competition in theÂ 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s best-known road racing events. It is one of sixÂ World Marathon Majors, and is one of five major events held in the United States through the years of both World Wars (theÂ Kentucky Derby,Â Penn Relays,Â Rose Parade, andÂ Westminster Kennel Club Dog Showare the others).
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