RRW: Boston & London Marathons To Be Held Nearly Two Weeks Apart in 2019

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By David Monti, @d9monti
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(25-Apr) — For 2019, the Boston and London Marathons are scheduled to be 13 days apart, the longest gap between those two events in 24 years.  Both events are part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, series XII.

Next year, Boston will be held on Monday, April 15, and London will be held on Sunday, April 28.

The last time that Boston and London were approximately two weeks apart was in 1995 when London was held first on April 2, and Boston followed on April 17.  The farthest apart the events have ever been was in 1984 when Boston was April 16 and London was May 13, a 27-day gap.

The date shift is driven by the fact that Easter Sunday, long seen as a no-go date for event organizers in western countries, is the Sunday which follows Boston next year, April 21.  The Boston Marathon is always held on Patriots’ Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts (also in Connecticut, Wisconsin and Maine), which is the third Monday in April regardless of when Easter is celebrated.

The Virgin Money London Marathon was founded in 1984, and has been held 38 times.  During that time period, the Boston and London Marathons have been held on back-to-back days 11 times (the last time in 2011 when London was April 17 and Boston April 18).  Over the last 10 years, London has followed Boston by 6 days on eight occasions, including the last four consecutive years.

Here is the date history of the two events (data courtesy of the Association of Road Racing Statisticians):

Year        Boston          London      Days Apart
2019        April 15        April 28    +13
2018        April 16        April 22     +6
2017        April 17        April 23     +6
2016        April 18        April 24     +6
2015        April 20        April 26     +6
2014        April 21        April 13     -8
2013        April 15        April 21     +6
2012        April 16        April 22     +6
2011        April 18        April 17     -1
2010        April 19        April 25     +6
2009        April 20        April 26     +6
2008        April 21        April 13     -8
2007        April 16        April 22     +6
2006        April 17        April 23     +6
2005        April 18        April 17     -1
2004        April 19        April 18     -1
2003        April 21        April 13     -8
2002        April 15        April 14     -1
2001        April 16        April 22     +6
2000        April 17        April 16     -1
1999        April 19        April 18     -1
1998        April 20        April 26     +6
1997        April 21        April 13     -8
1996        April 15        April 21     +6
1995        April 17        April 02    -15
1994        April 18        April 17     -1
1993        April 19        April 18     -1
1992        April 20        April 12     -8
1991        April 15        April 21     +6
1990        April 16        April 22     +6
1989        April 17        April 23     +6
1988        April 18        April 17     -1
1987        April 20        May 10      +20
1986        April 21        April 20     -1
1985        April 15        April 21     +6
1984        April 16        May 13      +27
1983        April 18        April 17     -1
1982        April 19        May 8       +19
1981        April 20        March 29    -22

The Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XII begins with the BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday, September 16.  The Series XI champions, Eliud Kipchoge and Mary Keitany, were crowned in London on Monday.


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