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George V. Brown (1880 to 1937), a lifelong Hopkinton resident, played an important role in the development of many sports in America and worldwide. He served as starter for the Boston Marathon for over 30 years. In 1924, he helped move the starting line for the event to his hometown. Brown was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame for his role as a builder, held various positions with the US Olympics organization, served as General Manager of the Boston Garden, and much more.

Bust from George V. Brown--The Starter
Cold Cast Copper, Life Size, 2008
Life size, full portrait, bronze; Boston Marathon Starting Line, Hopkinton, MA; 2008
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George V. Brown


Michael Alfano

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The sculpture was unveiled at a performance by the MetroWest Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2008 Marathon Week kickoff event that also premiered the composition "Nenikekamen" by Chris Floria. Special guests included Walter Brown and Tom Burke, grandsons of George V. Brown, Gloria Ratti of the Boston Athletic Association, and Tim Kilduff of the Hopkinton Athletic Association (HAA). The HAA commissioned the sculpture, securing a grant from the State of Massachusetts as part of a larger effort to promote tourism in the MetroWest area based on the Boston Marathon.

During marathon weekend, runners and tourists from around the world line up to pose with The Starter for photo mementos of their race. Year round, the monument uniquely distinguishes the start line, and is an homage to the town residents who give generously to host the annual event, as well as a landmark for visitors.

Like other runners, Michael poses with the sculpture on race day. Michael qualified for and completed the Boston Marathon in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

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