Now Verified On Twitter: Boston Marathon, Reese Witherspoon, Peugeot, Wes Craven, Kansas City Royals

This is a weekly series of posts that highlights newly-verified brands, celebrities and persons of interest on Twitter.

Twitter verifies accounts to prove authenticity of identity. That is, the little blue verified badge is added to profiles that are at a high risk of impersonation to prove to other users that this person or brand is who they say they are. Occasionally Twitter makes a mistake, but, for the most part the system works, and the blue tick carries a lot of weight.

(Looking to get verified? Learn more about how, when and why Twitter verifies profiles here.)

In total, 51,704 profiles have now been verified on Twitter, which is a rise of 373 newly-verified profiles since last week. In this article we will look at recently-verified brand and celebrity profiles of note.

This week’s top five:

Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon)

Bio: The official twitter account of the Boston Marathon, the world’s most prestigious road race. Run with us!
Followers: 55,429

Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon)

Bio: Actress / Producer / Mother of 3 / Southern girl
Followers: 12,611

Peugeot (@Peugeot)

Bio: Motion & Emotion
Followers: 16,240

Wes Craven (@wescraven)

Bio: Director/Writer/Producer
Followers: 152,776

Kansas City Royals (@Royals)

Bio: Official Twitter account of the Kansas City Royals.
Followers: 103,652

Other verified brands and official bodies of note:

The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe)

Bio: Boston and New England’s leading news source, in print and online.
Followers: 272,699

Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby)

Bio: The Greatest Two Minutes In Sports.
Followers: 22,446

Food Standards Agency (@foodgov)

Bio: Official Twitter feed from the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA). Follow us to keep up with the latest food safety tips, news and alerts.
Followers: 10,978

Man Of Steel (@ManofSteelMovie)

Bio: The official Twitter page for #ManofSteel from director @ZackSnyderand producer Christopher Nolan – in theaters June 14, 2013.
Followers: 7,377

Colombia (@BrandColombia)

Bio: Official profile for the Colombia Nation Brand. A joint effort of the government and private sector to show the real Colombia to the rest of the world.
Followers: 3,266

Mike’s Hard Lemonade (@mhl)

Bio: Lemonade for Grown-ups. Premium Malt Beverage. Official tweets from Mike’s Hard Lemonade. By clicking “follow,” you confirm that you are of legal drinking age.
Followers: 1,684

ZzzQuil (@ZzzQuil)

Bio: It’s not for colds. It’s not for pain. It’s just for sleep. The non-habit forming sleep aid from the makers of Vicks NyQuil.®
Followers: 108

Other verified celebrities of note:

David Seaman (@thedavidseaman)

Bio: ex Arsenal and England goalkeeper! and don’t forget Leeds,Peterborough,Birmingham ,QPR and Man City !!!
Followers: 120,307

Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob)

Bio: Athlete at heart, broadcaster by profession, constantly trying to cram 28 hours of activities into everyday!
Followers: 24,241

Freddie Ljunberg (@freddie)

Bio: This is the real Freddie
Followers: 10,133

Pam Shriver (@PHShriver)

Bio: Born on Independence Day 1962. Played 19 years of pro tennis. Love my family
Followers: 7,347

Hakeem Olajuwon (@DR34M)

Bio: The Official Hakeem The Dream Olajuwon Account
Followers: 7,242

Steve Archibald (@SteveArchibald8)

Bio: Official Twitter account of Steve Archibald Clyde, Aberdeen, Spurs, Barcelona, Blackburn, Hibernian, St Mirren, East Fife, Airdrie, Espanyol
Followers: 6,420

Heather Graham (@imheathergraham)

Bio: Actress and Twitter virgin.
Followers: 4,218