I am always blown away by the logistics that goes into running the Boston Marathon.
Today is Marathon Monday here in Boston. Around 27,000 runners will make the 26.2 mile trek from Hopkinton MA to Boston. The planning and prep actually begins the day after the race when they do the post race meetings.
Think about what you have to plan for with the 27,000 runners and the thousands of spectators lined along the race course. They showed an aerial shot of the runners queue on television. It looked like a concert or festival view. Then that whole group moves. Think about how many port-a-johns you need for 26 miles? How many bottles of water will be given out? Think about amount of security and medical personnel you need for 26 miles? They actually feed all the runners and their guests a pasta dinner the night before. They also provide shuttle transportation to the start. Think how many busses it takes to move 27,000 people?
I know of at least one member of the event & entertainment marketing world running in today’s marathon. Our friend Gary Kane is running his first Boston race. This is a big month for Gary. He also just started a new job as Vice President of East Coast Marketing & Business Development at Allied Live.
I live right up the road from the marathon route and plan to watch and tweet from there. If you want to follow on Twitter, you can find me at http://twitter.com/eventpromoter.