Boston Marathon Race Report – Brandon Tower

Race: 2023 Boston Marathon

Runner: Brandon Tower

Race Date: 04/17/2023

Location: Boston, MA

Results: 2:56

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3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

  1. Taking part in something with such a rich tradition and significance to the running community
  2. Overwhelming crowd support
  3. Very well organized/executed event

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

Only thing, and this is nit-picking, it was difficult for family to see you more than once along the course. My family tried to get from Natick (mile 10) to the finish line in time to see me, but they weren’t able to make it on time

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

The 3/4 walk just to get to the start line. It makes warming up a little tricky, but there’s an element of it that’s fun too.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

Just taking moments to be intentional about appreciating and enjoying the fact that I was at the Boston Marathon. I ran as hard as I could, but made sure to have fun doing it.

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

If you have a ride to Hopkinton in the morning, and don’t need gear check, getting dropped off at the Hopkinton shuttles is super easy and lets you sleep in a little longer.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

I might think about doing more training at goal marathon pace. I started cramping early in my calves, and wasn’t able to recover from there.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

The Newton hills during miles 17, 18, 20 and 21 aren’t crazy, but you’ll need something left in the tank for them.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

Very much so, especially as you get to the back half of the course.

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

It’s got the hills in Newton, but it’s not too bad. It’s got a lot more downhill than up.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

After 127 years, they know what they’re doing.

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Eliud Kipchoge showed up, and finished 6th. That tells you all you need to know.

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

Runners generally need a qualifying marathon time. Once you’re in, don’t wait to book hotels and flights.

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Tons of them. Every mile after mile 2.

Weather and typical race conditions

April in Boston has really random weather, and there’s no way to know what you’ll get. Could be anything.

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next runner?

Bring clothes for any climate!

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

It’s hard to get around on race day, especially if they’re trying to get to the finish line. The portions of the course during the first half are a lot easier to move around through.

How’s the Swag?

Great shirts, and the expo has a ton of merchandise if you’re looking for more.

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

It’s as good as it gets. I hope to do it again next year.