Queen Elizabeth II is the official starter for the 2018 London Marathon, organizers announced on March 23.
According to the London Marathon, the Queen “will step onto a special podium in front of the Round Tower in the grounds of Windsor Castle to push the start button at 10:00 a.m.” The marathon, one of the largest in the world by participation, will have upwards of 40,000 runners on race day.
“We are deeply honoured that Her Majesty The Queen has accepted the invitation to start the 2018 London Marathon,” said Sir John Spurling, Chairman of London Marathon Events Ltd, organizers of the race. “Especially as this will happen 110 years after the 1908 Olympic Marathon was started at Windsor Castle by the then Princess Mary, grandmother to The Queen.” She turns 92 on April 21.
The 1908 Olympic marathon was the first marathon to be contested over what is now the traditional race distance of 42.195K/26.2 miles.
The 2018 London Marathon takes places April 22, less than a week after the Boston Marathon. London marks the third Abbott World Marathon Major – six world-class events around the world – of the calendar year.
— London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) March 23, 2018
Last year’s official race starters included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.