Middle school, high school and elite runners from the eight towns of the Boston Marathon course ran a 1K and 1 mile respectively representing their schools and towns in the Boston Athletic Association Invitational mile. The towns represented include Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline and Boston.
Britney Firmin, a runner in the girl’s high school division, says she wanted to participate in the relay in order to challenge herself.
“I was granted a wonderful opportunity to run with some of the best high school milers in the Boston area,” she says.
However, the real victory is not in the trophies or best mile time. Firmin and Shelby Aarden, the girl’s high school relay winner from Hopkinton, say that being able to associate themselves with the Boston Marathon is an unforgettable experience.
“It’s an honor to be in the heart of where the marathon is run and to run on the same path that they run on when they run on for Marathon Monday,” Firmin says.
Aarden adds, “I feel totally grateful, it’s just an awesome experience.”