You may want to follow these competitors along with those vying for the podium, including our very own David Goldstein.
Thousands of runners will cross the Boston Marathon starting line in Hopkinton on Monday.
Some will be running the 26.2-mile course for the first time. Others will have already crossed the finish line more than a dozen times. Being crowned with a gold laurel wreath and securing a spot on the podium is the goal for some of the athletes, but for others, the race is a way to give back, conquer obstacles, and create change.
No matter where you look, it won’t be hard to find inspiration in the runners’ perseverance and grit. Here are just a few of those running the race whose inspirational stories will make you want to cheer.