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For the seventh year, Greg Hum and friends organized a bike ride on the Boston Marathon route. Riders, for a small fee, congregate near South Station in Boston to load their bikes on panel trucks After loading, the participants walk to South Station to catch the commuter rail to Southboro and unload their bikes from the trucks. Two routes are offered for the ride back to downtown Boston.
The first, which adds a couple of miles and a challenging hill, takes the riders to the starting line of the marathon in Hopkinton, MA. For those who don’t want to ride the hill, a shorter, flatter options takes them on a four mile loop around the hilly section where they join the marathon route in the original starting town of Ashland.
A cool, overcast night made for a beautiful night to ride the 2015 marathon bike. Boston is a very diverse city and the bike ride displayed that diversity in age, nationality, culture, fashion as well as transportation modes. Along with those on bike, there were skateboards, roller blades and a few runners.
All along the route, there was evidence of the preparations for the main event happening a few hours later, Street sweepers, police, barricades, the press and security were increasingly evident as we approached downtown and the finish line. Unlike 2014, the bike rider were able to ride across the start and finish lines as tensions begin to ease from the 2013 bombing.