Saturday, February 11, 2006

Competition for tortoise, hare

Boston City councilors are in talks to build a new Boston Marathon monument in Copley Square .

Currently, a tortoise and hare statue and a granite medallion engraved with a map of the marathon course rest in the area just steps from the finish line.

Do we need another monument?

I'd rather see a permanent indoor exhibit where tourists can learn more about event. There's a few pieces of memorabilia located at the New England Sports Museum inside the TD Banknorth Garden. But the marathon deserves more. Maybe an exhibit can be installed in the Hancock Building (one of the marathon sponsors), or maybe at the BAA offices on Trinity Place or at the Boston Public Library. I know real estate in the Back Bay isn't cheap. But a year-round indoor venue where people can experience marathon history, instead of just posing in front of a monument, would be a great tourist attraction and a mecca for runners from around the world.

To read the story about a proposed monument for the Boston Marathon, click here.