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Hopkinton in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

"Flame of the Marathon Run"

"Flame of the Marathon Run" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joe B, September 25, 2012
1. "Flame of the Marathon Run" Marker
Inscription.  A gift from the city of Marathon, Greece
The historic lighting of the first “flame of the marathon run" was held on November 3, 2007 on the sacred location of the Battle of Marathon and the tomb of the Athenians.

In 2008, Hopkinton was the first US community to receive the flame. The Boston Marathon which starts in Hopkinton, is modeled after the original modern Olympic event that started in Marathon, Greece and finished in the Olympic stadium in Athens.

The Boston Marathon is the oldest continuously run marathon in the world.

The twin city relationship between Hopkinton and Marathon, Greece was officially established on April 17, 2006 and celebrated with the dedication of a sculpture honoring the 1946 winner Stylianos Kyriakides, located at the one-mile mark of the Boston Marathon course.
Erected 2008.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1921.
Location. 42° 13.693′ N, 71° 31.413′ W. Marker is in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker can

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be reached from Main Street (Route 135). Located in front of Police Headquarters. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 74 Main Street, Hopkinton MA 01748, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Meetinghouse in Hopkinton (approx. ¼ mile away); Ashland Town Hall (approx. 3.7 miles away); Corporal Harold E. Fay (approx. 4.8 miles away); Site of District 3 Schoolhouse (approx. 4.9 miles away); The Old Connecticut Path (approx. 5.1 miles away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 5.4 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 5.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.4 miles away).
More about this marker. The flame was transported from Marathon Greece to Hopkinton where it was transferred to this monument by a Hopkinton Resident.
"Flame of the Marathon Run" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joe B, September 25, 2012
2. "Flame of the Marathon Run" Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 23, 2012, by Joe B of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 593 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 25, 2012, by Joe B of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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