The first Boston Marathon
Only 15 runners entered the first Boston Athletic Association Road Race (later renamed the Boston Marathon) on April 19, 1897.
John McDermott of New York (damn Yankees!!) won the race in a time of 2:55:10. The race was 24.5 miles back then instead of 26 miles 385 yards. And the race didn't begin in Hopkinton. The runners lined up in Ashland and made their way to the Irvington Street Oval near Copley Square in Boston.