Why an International Marathon Center?

  • Preserve and advance the importance and contributions of the marathon
  • Advance the ideals of sportsmanship, competition, fair play, and the power of the human spirit
  • Increase awareness of the connection between democracy, the Battle of the Marathon, and the marathon run
  • Strengthen local, regional, and international ties between marathon host communities and countries
  • Encourage interest and marathon participation as well as other endurance sports
  • Offer opportunities to discover and learn how nutrition, fitness, and exercise contribute to a healthy lifestyle
  • Create a center for gathering and sharing best marathon and lifestyle practices
  • Explore the socio-economic benefits of the marathon and other endurance sports
  • Honor the achievements of those who have provided leadership in developing, promoting and advancing marathoning
  • Provide a location for the display and storage of archival material

The Big Picture


International Marathon Center


Regional Map

Population (1-hour drive time)

  • 0 to 15 miles - 256,300
  • 16 - 30 minute drive time - 833,800
  • 31 to 60 minute drive time - 4.7 million


  • 45% of the 2.18 million households in the Resident Market Area have an annual household income of $75,000


  • The region has a very well educated workforce with 53.2% of the population in possession of a bachelor's degree or higher


  • The Greater MetroWest area benefits from four major highways serving the region's residents and businesses: Interstate 495, Interstate 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), Route 9 and Route 20

Sources: ConsultEcon Inc., 495 Partnership, Metro-West Economic Research Center