A special hour of Radio Boston marks the Boston Marathon

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The professional women cross the start line in the 125th Boston Marathon. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
The professional women cross the start line in the 125th Boston Marathon. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

This is the Radio Boston rundown for October 11. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • This is a special hour of Radio Boston, focused on the Boston Marathon. First, we check-in with Alex Ashlock, a veteran reporter who's covered the Boston Marathon for years, about all the latest updates on today's race: who won, how the runners are feeling, and more.
  • Race day is full of excitement and electricity. But for local officials on the marathon route, it can also be full of logistical stress. We check in with Norman Khumalo, the town manager of Hopkinton, to learn what it was like to help plan this year's historic race.
  • Ellison Tarzan Brown is one of two indigenous winners to be honored at this year's race. We speak with his granddaughter, Anna, about his legacy.
  • Heartbreak Hill is named after Tarzan Brown's 1936 Marathon win. WBUR reporter Yasmin Amer talks with spectators there at mile 20 about its namesake and this unconventional race year.
  • Today is the first Indigenous People's Day in Boston. Nationwide, President Biden also commemorated today as Indigenous People's Day, the first president to do so. We learn more about these proclamations and today's shared history with Paula Peters, or Sonk Waban, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and an independent scholar of Wampanoag history.
  • We close out our special hour with Alex Ashlock to reflect on how it went, and how this year's historic race could impact marathons to come.

This program aired on October 11, 2021.


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