Here's are my thoughts on the meaning of this great race with a tour of the course, including comments by my friend Bill Rodgers.
There is no better weekend experience for a runner than that leading up to Patriot's Day each year. The feeling of mutual respect is similar to that experienced at the Olympics: each person had to achieve a high standard to enroll in this race and a feeling of excellence permeates the race activities, the clinics, the restaurants, the lineup and the race itself.
Mile 3 . Moving out of Ashland, the course is relatively flat, but still gently downhill. “Ashland is where I received my first “professional” payment. I was paid $50 to talk to the Ashland cross country team.”
“I disagree with the decision not to allow a World Record on the Boston course. The IAAF (which santions records) says there is too much of an elevation drop from Hopkington to downtown Boston. But only one world's best time has ever been run here by the men.”
Mile 7. Course elevation shows a slight downhill—most don't notice this. About 6.3 miles you'll see Farm Pond on your left. Just after mile 7 you'll pass Mary Dennison Playground on your right.