Here’s what’s new at the Boston Marathon finish line

The light at the end of the tunnel for Boston Marathon runners making the final turn onto Boylston Street will be shining a little brighter this year. One of the changes the Boston Athletic Association made to the finish line for Monday’s 122nd running of the race is a new digital display board, affixed to the photo bridge above the finish line, that will be visible even if the forecasted rain falls.

“The finish times are going to be displayed big and bright and in color on that video board so that the participants and the spectators on Boylston Street will be able to see from afar what the time is,” said Jack Fleming, Chief Operating Officer of the B.A.A.

For their first year with the new board, which is similar to those that ring Gillette Stadium or TD Garden, the race organizers intend to go with a conservative approach and minimal animation. On Friday, it displayed a countdown clock for Saturday’s 5K and on Sunday it will show a tribute to One Boston Day. But the digital display opens up a new path forward for the finish line, and Fleming said that the B.A.A. could use lights and sound to enhance the spectator experience in the years to come.

“Boylston Street is like the home stretch of the Kentucky Derby or when the

Article source: https://www.boston.com/sports/boston-marathon/2018/04/15/heres-whats-new-at-the-boston-marathon-finish-line

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