Boston Marathon 2013: Crucial Event Info for Annual Race

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Boston Marathon 2013: Crucial Event Info for Annual Race
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The 2013 Boston Marathon is underway and here's a quick glimpse at what to look for as the event unfolds.

You can follow the action live on the marathon's Twitter account and check out what the sponsor is providing:

Here is a list of the schedule of events, courtesy of the Boston Athletic Association.

 RACE TYPE

 TIME (ET)   

 ENTRIES

 BIB COLOR

Mobility Impaired

9:00 a.m.

6               

 

Wheelchair Division

9:17 a.m.

30

 

Handcycles

9:22 a.m.

24

 

Elite Women

9:30 a.m.

50

 

Elite Men & Wave One       

10:00 a.m.    

9,000

Red

Wave Two

10:20 a.m.

9,000

White

Wave Three

10:40 a.m.

9,000

Blue

Awards Ceremony*

5:00 p.m.

 

 

Post Race Party**

6:00 p.m.

   

Post-Race Press Conference (4/16)

10:00 a.m.

   

(*) Awards ceremony will be held at Fairmont Copley Plaza, in Boston, Mass.

(**) Post Race Party to be held at the House of Blue in Boston, Mass.

As for viewing the race, the 117th annual Boston Marathon can be seen multiple ways.

On television WBZ-TV and Universal Sports Television Network are broadcasting, but be sure to check your local listings as the event unfolds.

You can even catch it online via live stream at CBS BostonUniversalSports.com and/or BAA.org.

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Looking at the race, well, there's obviously plenty of competition to breakdown. That said, factor in the Olympians and certainly the pace will be a bit faster. Two guys to watch for, though, are Gary Craig and Josh Crary.

Craig, according to Bree Sison of WBZ-TV in Boston, just competed in the North Pole Marathon last week:

Craig ran 26.2 miles on the North Pole a mere 6 days ago. The temperature was -30 degrees. He had to wear four layers of heavy clothing to survive; and he still came back with frost bite on his nose.

Crary on the other hand, is a participant who as reported by CBS Boston, went blind at age 14:

“Life can be hard and challenging, but it’s important to be strong — but also vulnerable… and to reach out for help,” said the 25-year-old Crary, who will run his second Boston Marathon this month.

Those are the life lessons from Josh, who when he was just 14 doctors told him he had Chorodoremia – a disease that would rob him of his sight.

Talk about inspiration. And this doesn't involve the end result of competition. The essence of Crary's fortitude is impressive by itself, because this simply comes down to actually competing.

When a person like him displays the tenacious attitude to overcome tougher odds, we can't help but admire their motivation. If there's more evidence regarding the whole, "mind over matter" saying, Crary certainly adds to it. Plus, to learn more about him and his ventures be sure to check his blog BostonBlindRunner.com.

With so much history embodied in this marathon, as well as the field of athletes competing, it is one unique spectacle to watch.

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