2014 Boston Marathon: Ideal Weather to Grace Runners, Spectators

By Michael Kuhne, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
April 21, 2014; 2:38 PM ET
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Residents and visitors stop to take a photo of the "Boston Strong" billboard, set up one block from the finish line. (Photo/Megan Hetzel)

Dry weather from Easter weekend will hold through Monday in Boston for Patriots' Day and the 118th annual Boston Marathon.

Patchy clouds will filter across the Boston area on Monday, but the rain-free weather from this weekend will persist.

After a brief cooldown on Easter Sunday, temperatures are expected to rise to near 65 F on Monday.

Winds on Monday will blow from the south at 7-14 mph.

Qualified 2014 Boston Marathon runner Megan Hetzel said she was enjoying her return to Boston after competing in the 2013 event.

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"I think everyone is excited to have a good race and officially put last year behind us," Hetzel said.

Hetzel has been running for 12 years and has competed in five different marathons. In 2013, she qualified to compete in the Boston Marathon.

The event began in 1897 and is one of the oldest marathons in U.S. history.

"Since its inception, the Boston Marathon has been held on the holiday commemorating Patriots' Day," according to the official marathon website. "From 1897-1968, the Boston Marathon was held on April 19, unless the 19th fell on a Sunday. Since 1969, the holiday has been officially recognized on the third Monday in April."

"Boston is the race that everyone wants to run," Hetzel said. "It's the Super Bowl of running."

A crowd gathers at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot before the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

According to the marathon's website, the event is the second-largest single-day sporting event in terms of on-site media coverage following the Super Bowl.

"I needed to run it again," she said, adding 2013 was her first year competing in Boston.

Hetzel follows a few tips to make sure her race goes well including staying hydrated along the course and wearing a cap to prevent rain and sun from getting into her eyes.

In addition, she said her ideal racing weather is cooler, dry weather.

"The cooler the better," she said. "I run best in the cold and I think it's going to be a good day as long as it's not raining."

The average high in Boston for April 21 is 58 F.

According to Runner's World, runners' shoes melted in the 84-degree heat on race day in 1927. In 1976, temperatures climbed into the mid-90s.

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