Estimates Say Boston Marathon Could Pump $137 Million Into Local Economy

Those running in Monday's Boston Marathon are probably breathing a little easier now that the latest weather forecast is calling for temperatures in the mid 60s with partly sunny skies. It's supposed to be in the upper 70s in Boston on Sunday, before a cooler weather front moves in for Monday.

It might still be warmer than you'd like if you're running 26.2 miles, but it doesn't look like conditions will be anything like they were in 2004 when the race was run with temps in the 80s, or 1976 when the thermometer hovered around 100.

The Numbers

There are 26,622 people entered in the race; 15,486 men, and 11,136 women. More than 10,000 of the runners fall in the 18-39 age group. There are five people over the age of 80 in this year's race. The runners represent 67 countries, including the U.S.

According to the Greater Boston Convention and Visitor Bureau, the 2012 marathon could pump more than $137 million into the local economy, with the runners alone spending $92 million.

Cheruiyot Out

One of the top contenders in the men’s race has dropped out of Monday’s marathon. Kenya’s Robert Kirprono Cheruiyot, who set a course record by nearly two minutes when he won in 2010, will skip this year’s race because of an injury.

Cheruiyot's time two years ago was 2:05:52, which looked pretty fast until Geoffrey Mutai ran a 2:03:02 to win the 2011 race. That’s the fastest marathon ever. Cheruiyot finished 6th in 2011.

This program aired on April 12, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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