City of Hopkinton finalizes agreement for International Marathon Center site
HOPKINTON, Mass .– (BUSINESS WIRE) – The town of Hopkinton, MA announced today that it has signed a 99-year lease with the 26.2 Foundation, granting the nonprofit a 19-acre site on East Main Street in Hopkinton for the development and construction of an international marathon center (IMC). The site is located on Route 135 on the Boston Marathon Route, less than two-thirds of a mile from the start line of the marathon.
First imagined by the 26.2 Foundation over ten years ago, the IMC will offer cutting-edge educational and cultural facilities centered around a marathon museum and a hall of honor. The center will include conference facilities and an auditorium, as well as research space, classrooms and reception rooms.
HealyKohler Design, of Washington, DC, is currently developing an interactive and compelling visitor experience designed to maximize repeat visits and sustainability, according to plans developed by Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects. Construction and management of the center will be funded privately, through individual philanthropies, foundations and businesses, and plans for the 26.2 Foundation call for its opening in spring 2024.
The 26.2 Foundation was established 25 years ago to leverage the Boston Marathon for the economic, educational and cultural benefit of Hopkinton and surrounding cities. Its initiatives include civic education, history and geography programs for schools; sculpture projects that recognize the “greats” of the Boston Marathon; and various international relationships, such as the establishment of Hopkinton’s sister city relationship with Marathon, Greece.
“The IMC will be a premier destination for runners around the world – a truly international venue designed to attract visitors from the US and overseas, like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York,” said Hopkinton Town manager Norman Khumalo. “This will be of significant importance to the economic growth and development not only of Hopkinton, but also for the entire MetroWest region,” he added.
“While the successful development of the 26.2 International Marathon Center has potential for socio-economic benefits in Massachusetts as a whole, the locus of direct economic impact will focus on Hopkinton and the region,” said Elena Kazlas of ConsultEcon , an economic planning and management company that has conducted two separate feasibility studies of the proposed CIM over the past 10 years. “This project has the potential to create new business and employment opportunities in Hopkinton and will serve to broaden the profile of Hopkinton and the Boston area as a tourist destination with a niche focus in marathoning,” said Kazlas continued.
Over the next few years, more than $ 40 million will be invested in Hopkinton’s infrastructure, through the combination of the IMC development (over $ 20 million) and the city’s Main Street Corridor project, currently in progress. course, which aims to improve vehicle safety. , cyclists and pedestrians, and reduce congestion in downtown Hopkinton.