Marathon Monday comes once a year and is undoubtedly every Bostonian‘s favorite non-denominational holiday. Despite the events of last year’s marathon, the city has rallied and become stronger that ever, which was obvious today as people gathered along the route to cheer on the runners.
Like any major holiday there are traditions; for Marathon Monday it’s getting drunk and cheering on the runners on Boylston Street. I have provided my own tips for enjoying Marathon Monday based on my previous three Boston Marathon experiences. If you are not a New Englander who understands the importance of this hallowed race, then feel free to apply it to a relevant regional event (likely one that involves day-drinking.) I have applied similar rules to the St.Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland.
-Stock up the night before: Any booze (or food) you want to have on hand for the marathon should be purchased the night before. I would not wait until 10pm on Sunday night to do this since most places close early on Sunday nights, particularly liquor stores…and Trader Joes.
-Early to bed, early to rise: If you’re doing it right you will start your festivities early. (Crack of dawn, crack a beer, right?) With most runners starting at 10am, the drinking will be starting early as well. For those of us who prefer 7+ hours of sleep, going to bed early is appreciated if you have to be at Kegs and Eggs at 8am.
-Wear sunscreen: Typically it seems to be sunny on Marathon Monday – knock on wood. This year was no exception with sunny weather in the mid-60s. Unfortunately for us pale people, that means the possibility of burning is high. Block-up before you go out to avoid red shoulders for the next couple days.
-Conceal your booze: Although open-container laws seem to be ignored slightly on this day of celebration, it is still technically frowned upon, not to mention illegal, to carry your alcoholic beverages around on the street. An easy way to get around this is to simply mix your booze with soda or juice in a bottle or simply use a styrofoam Dunkin’ cup to hide the evidence.
-Post up: In order to get a front row seat to all the action (as seen below) you want to get to the race course early, but not too early because you have to adequate boozing and brunching time before hand. The perfect spot is somewhere close to the race barricade but also in close proximity to restrooms that aren’t Port-a-Potties.
***After the 2013 events I cannot stress how important it is to be aware of your surroundings. Although I do condone drinking during this event, it’s important to be in control. Keep your friends close and make smart decisions.