College News and Fun Facts: Boston University

Marathon Monday — Boston University. For runners, the third Monday in April, the day of the Boston Marathon, marks the high point in a career of grueling physical strain and unwavering mental determination; for BU students, the marathon marks the high point of the social season.  Thanks to a bogus holiday (“Patriot’s Day”—a commemoration of the battles of Lexington and Concord?) Bostonians have the day off to throw parties, cheer for the runners, and roam the warming streets. 5:30am wake-up calls, pre-marathon beer-pong marathons and waffle breakfasts at sunrise start the day’s festivities, and the fun doesn’t stop until the last runner crosses the finish line.  (Which BU students assume happens sometime early the next morning…)

Famous alums include Geena Davis, Faye Dunaway, Rosie O’Donnell, Howard Stern, and Leonard Nimoy aka Spock!

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