BOSTON — Peter MacGlashing, 36, has never seen the Boston Marathon. "I've lived here my whole life and I've never seen it," said the Waltham resident. But this year, MacGlashing had a backstage pass to the country's oldest marathon.
As a driver for Limousine 18, MacGlashing was assigned to provide any and all transportation for Spyros Zagaris, the mayor of Marathon, Greece. For over 15 years, Limousine 18 has driven the organizers and athletes throughout the week leading up to the Marathon.
He picked up Zagaris and the Marathon lantern at Logan Airport . The lantern, which was lit by the eternal flame in Greece, was used to light the Boston Marathon torch.
"He's very friendly, very cordial," said MacGlashing of the Greek mayor.
Shuttling Zagaris and the historical symbol of Boston's 112-year-old race to the starting line in Hopkinton was surreal, said MacGlashing as he stood outside the State House, where Zagaris and the lantern were scheduled to visit.
"We pulled up and they took a ton of pictures at the start line. They just took pictures everywhere," said MacGlashing. "They went about a mile down the road and took some more pictures."
The full-time limousine driver of 15 years got to watch his first Boston Marathon from the starting line, he said. "It's absolutely amazing to see all the preparation going into it," said MacGlashing.
Source: The Daily News Tribune