Every year, the Boston Marathon attracts thousands of athletes from across the world. But when the race began in 1897, it was little more than a hometown race. This web exhibit traces the Boston Marathon's evolution over the past century, particularly through the lens of gender and globalization.
Storytelling is at the heart of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media’s curriculum. So in my introductory interactive media course, it was appropriate that our final required us to tell a compelling story using multimedia and data visualizations. As both a runner and history nerd, the Boston Marathon seemed like a fascinating topic to tackle—especially because of the marathon’s evolution from a tiny race to the world’s most prestigious.
This project was the first digital exhibit that I created from scratch—the design, code, writing, and data visualizations are all original. Its narrative is one that I intend to revisit in the future; as marathon running grows in popularity and qualifying times keep dropping, the Boston Marathon will almost certainly continue evolving.