The 124th Boston Marathon was postponed due to the pandemic. Now, Mayor Walsh is backing Governor Baker’s bid to make the new date a legal holiday.
“The Boston Marathon brings approximately 30,000 runners from across the Globe to Massachusetts, where they begin their trek from Hopkinton, all the way to turning their last left on Boylston and heading for the finish line in Copley Square in Boston’s Back Bay,” Mayor Walsh wrote in a letter to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. “The Marathon draws approximately one million spectators lining the route and cheering on runners. By postponing the Marathon, we can ensure that athletes can run and spectators can celebrate safely, maintaining the enthusiasm, energy, and charitable giving that make our race so special.”
“Each year the Marathon generates roughly $211 million towards the city’s economy, boosting revenue in the food and beverage industry, hospitality and tourism, and arts and culture across the region. By moving the date to September 14, we will continue the prestige of this event as well as preserving the economic importance to our local economy. Our small and local businesses will need this revenue now more than ever, as we recover from economic disruption. I respectfully request your support of this bill and thank you for your thoughtful consideration of the matter.”
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