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Boston Marathon

Mon 15th Apr 2019
1 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114, USA
Run 26.2mi

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  • 30000 participants

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Boston. The marathon that all other marathons are measured by. This isnt only the worlds oldest, but regarded as one of the worlds most challenging races.

The Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity, and method of gaining entry into the race (via qualification).

Distances in this event

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    Mon 15th Apr 2019

Route info

Course Maps
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What’s Included
ATHLETE AMENITIES
  • Admission to the Boston Marathon Expo
  • Long sleeved tech shirt by adidas
  • Bib number
  • An official result from an electronically recorded official timing system
  • Runner Gear Check bag
  • Boston Marathon Official Program
  • Complimentary ticket for the Pre-Race Pasta Dinner
  • Complimentary transportation to the start
  • Access to the Athletes’ Village in Hopkinton, providing entertainment, light refreshments, Poland Spring Natural Spring Water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, ClifBar products, bagels, tenting, and portable toilets.
  • Poland Spring Natural Spring Water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, and Clif Energy Gel along the course
  • Medical facilities along the course and at the finish area
  • Athlete tracking
  • A finisher’s medal upon finishing the marathon (to be considered an official finisher, you must cross the finish line on Boylston Street prior to finish mats being removed)
  • Baggage and dressing area (no showers)
  • Massage
  • Family meeting area
  • Admission to the official Awards Ceremony
  • Complimentary ticket for the Post-Race Party
  • Finisher’s certificate (for official finishers only, mailed during the summer)
  • Results book (mailed over the summer)
Course Details

A point-to-point route from Hopkinton to Boston and is certified per the guidelines set forth by the IAAF and USA Track and Field.

The historic course starts on Main Street in the rural New England town of Hopkinton and follows Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley to where Route 16 joins Route 135.

It continues on Route 16 through Newton Lower Falls to Commonwealth Avenue, turning right at the fire station onto Commonwealth which is Route 30.

It continues on Commonwealth through the Newton Hills, bearing right at the reservoir onto Chestnut Hill Avenue to Cleveland Circle.

The route then turns left onto Beacon Street, proceeding into Brookline, passing iconic Coolidge Corner.

Reaching Kenmore Square with one mile to go, the route then follows Commonwealth Avenue inbound.

The course turns right onto Hereford Street (NOTE: against normal traffic flow) then left onto Boylston Street, finishing near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.

Raceday Logistics
Firsts Aid
American Red Cross Aid Stations providing first aid/medical support are located approximately every mile along the race course, including one at the start. Medical areas will be set up to provide medical support at the finish area.

Timing
Clocks will be located at every mile and 5 km mark along the course (clocks will display the elapsed time from the 10:00 a.m. start only - Wave 2 runners simply need to deduct 25 minutes from the displayed time, Wave 3 runners must deduct one hour from the displayed time, and Wave 4 runners must deduct 1 hour and 25 minutes from the displayed time.)
Travel
TRANSPORTATION TO START
THE RECOMMENDED WAY TO GET TO THE START IN HOPKINTON ON RACE MORNING IS BY USING THE OFFICIAL B.A.A. BUSES
  • Bus loading for the B.A.A. shuttles to the Athletes’ Village in Hopkinton takes place on Charles Street between the Public Garden and Boston Common.
  • Buses will be loaded according to the wave to which you have been assigned.

See the bus loading schedule:

WAVE 1- 6:00 a.m. to 6:45 a.m.

WAVE 2 - 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

WAVE 3 - 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

WAVE 4 - 8:55 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

  • In order to load all the buses efficiently, avoid delays, and get to the start on time, we strongly recommend you load the buses at your designated time.
  • Transportation to the start is for official participants only.
  • We are not able to provide transportation to the start from Boston for family and friends.
  • Each participant must show his/her bib number upon boarding the buses.
  • Athletes registered in an AWD Division or Program should refer AWD Race Weekend for information related to accessible transportation to the start.

PARKING IN BOSTON

  • On-street parking in Boston's Back Bay is extremely limited during race week.
  • There are a number of parking garages in the area.
  • Public transportation is strongly encouraged.
  • Please note that certain parking garages within Boston are inaccessible on race day.
  • The entrance to the Boston Common Garage will close at approximately 2:00 a.m. on race day and will not re-open until 11:00 a.m. on race morning.
PARKING IN HOPKINTON
  • Parking in Hopkinton is extremely limited and security measures may slow access from the parking areas for spectators and runners.
  • Roads within the town of Hopkinton close by 7:00 a.m. and no street parking will be available.
  • Limited parking is available at the South Street lot (52 South Street, Hopkinton, MA) and volunteer/spectator parking at the Hopkinton State Park on Route 85.
  • Hopkinton State Park parking and shuttle service is for volunteers and spectators only. Registered entrants parking at this location and using this shuttle will not be transported to the Athletes’ Village and will have to walk an additional one mile from the drop-off point to the Village. These runners may be subject to additional security screening to enter the Village.
  • Registered entants are requested to use the shuttle buses from the South Street parking lots in order to ensure timely arrival at the Athletes’ Village.
  • Directions from Boston to South Street parking lot: Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Route 495 South to exit 21B. Also take exit 21B if coming from Route 495 North.
  • From Boston and all other directions to the Hopkinton State Park: Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Route 9 (exit 12). Follow Route 9 West to Route 85 South.

SHUTTLE SERVICE NEAR HOPKINTON
  • Shuttles will begin taking participants from the South Street parking lot (52 South Street, Hopkinton, MA) to the Athletes' Village beginning at 6:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m. on race morning (after 11:00 a.m., buses will run from South St. to Main St. - two blocks from the start line).
  • Shuttles from the South Street parking to the Athletes' Village run every 10 minutes or as filled.

START AREA VOLUNTEER/SPECTATOR PARKING
Hopkinton State Park parking and shuttle service is for volunteers and spectators only.
Registered entrants should use the shuttle buses from the South Street parking lots in order to ensure timely arrival at the Athletes’ Village.

RETURN BUS SERVICE TO HOPKINTON
  • Beginning at 1:00 p.m. on race day, return bus service to Hopkinton will commence.
  • Buses will line up along Stanhope Street at the corner of Clarendon Street.
  • Return bus service is for official entrants only. You must show your bib to board buses to Hopkinton.
  • Buses will make stops at Hopkinton State Park and South Street parking lot (52 South Street, Hopkinton, MA).
  • Return bus service to Hopkinton will conclude at 7:00 p.m. on race day.
    Kit List
    GEAR CHECK
    • On race morning, participants may check their plastic finish area gear bag at a designated gear check area the corner on Boylston Street, just beyond the finish line area.
    • This area is two blocks east of the finish line and one block west of the Boston Public Garden.
    • Signs at the gear check area will be color coded by waves with numbers corresponding to participant bib numbers, indicating where to drop your bag.
    • A pre-approved finish area gear check bag will be included with your race packet at Number Pick-up at the Boston Marathon Expo.
    • The clear drawstring bag measures 18” x 19” with a 5” gusseted bottom is labeled on one side as your finish area gear bag.
    • No other bags will be accepted.
    • Luggage that does not fit within the pre-approved finish area bag will NOT be accepted.
    • In your race packet, you will receive a pre-printed adhesive label with your bib number on it that should be used for gear check.
    • You must affix the label to your approved gear bag before handing it to race personnel.
    • The drawstrings on the bag should be cinched and tied to ensure that your belongings do not fall out.
    • No gear check bags will be allowed on the B.A.A. shuttle buses to Hopkinton.
    • Do not check any valuables.
    • Although we will do our best to ensure that your gear is waiting for you at the end of the race, we are not responsible for lost items and/or gear check bags.
    • There is no gear check in Hopkinton.
    • No gear check bags will be accepted in, or transported from, Hopkinton.

    START AREA BAG
    • The only bag allowed on B.A.A. buses and in the Athletes’ Village is the one gallon plastic Start Area Bag that is provided to all entrants at Number Pick-up at the Boston Marathon Expo.
    • This Start Area Bag primarily serves to carry food items to the start.
    • Absolutely no bags other than the plastic Start Area Bag will be allowed on buses to the start.
    Spectators

    WATCH IN ASHLAND

    Until 1924, the Boston Marathon began is Ashland. It was chosen as a starting point because of the train that went through town. Today, the rail line remains the best way to get in and out of Ashland from Boston. The station is about a mile from the race course, so plan accordingly.

    Athletes will pass through Ashland in dense packs between 8:55 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. having just recently started in Hopkinton. Spotting your loved one in Ashland may be difficult because of high density of runners.

    Catch an early train outbound on the Worcester/Framingham Commuter Rail line on the MBTA, and arrive at ‘Ashland’ at 6:35 a.m., 7:52 a.m., 9:45 a.m., or 11:12 a.m. The train station is about a mile from the 3.7-mile mark (6K) of the race.

    Inbound trains from ‘Ashland’ leave at 9:10 a.m., 11:10 a.m., and 12:35 p.m. These trains will make stops in Framingham, Natick, Wellesley (along the race course) and Newton (far from the race course). They will stop at ‘Yawkey’ and ‘Back Bay’ which are near the 24.5-mile mark, and Finish Line respectively.

    If you plan to drive to Ashland, please consider that roads near the race course will begin to close at 7:15 a.m. Traffic will be heavy, so give yourself ample time for travel.

    Spectators approaching viewing areas on the course may be asked to pass through security checkpoints, and security personnel may ask to inspect bags and other items being carried.

    WATCH IN FRAMINGHAM

    Framingham has seen plenty of race history play out on its stretch of race course year after year. Like Ashland, Natick, and Wellesley, the best way to get to Framingham from Boston is on the Worcester/Framingham Commuter Rail line on the MBTA. The ‘Framingham’ MBTA station is on the North side of the course (runner left) at about the 6.6-mile mark.

    Expect the lead wheelchair athletes to pass the MBTA Station around 9:15 a.m., the lead women to pass around 10:00 a.m., and the lead men to pass around 10:30 a.m.

    Catch an early train outbound on the Worcester/Framingham Commuter Rail line on the MBTA, and debark at ‘Framingham’ at 7:32 a.m., 7:46 a.m., 8:10 a.m., 9:39 a.m., or 11:06 a.m. The train station is near the 6.6-mile mark (10.5K) of the race.

    Inbound trains from ‘Framingham’ leave at 9:21 a.m., 11:21 a.m., and 12:46 p.m. These trains will make stops in Natick, Wellesley (along the race course), and Newton (far from the race course). They will stop at ‘Yawkey’ and ‘Back Bay’, which are near the 24.5-mile mark, and Finish Line respectively.

    If you plan to drive to Framingham, please consider that roads near the race course will begin to close at 8:30 a.m. Traffic will be heavy, so give ample time for travel.

    Spectators approaching viewing areas on the course may be asked to pass through security checkpoints, and law enforcement officers or contracted private security personnel may ask to inspect bags and other items being carried.

    WATCH IN NATICK

    The fourth community along the race course is Natick, and it packs an important punch of energy to the runners as they eclipse the 10-mile mark. Like Ashland, Framingham, and Wellesley, the best way to get to Natick from Boston is on the Worcester/Framingham Commuter Rail line on the MBTA.

    The ‘West Natick’ MBTA station is near the eight-mile mark, and the ‘Natick’ MBTA Station is at about the 10-mile mark. Both stations are just steps from the North side (runner left) of the race course.

    Expect the lead wheelchair athletes to pass 10 miles (16K) around 9:30 a.m., the lead women to pass around 10:20 a.m., and the lead men to pass around 10:40 a.m.

    Catch an early train outbound on the Worcester/Framingham Commuter Rail line on the MBTA, and debark at ‘West Natick’ at 8:05 a.m., 9:34 a.m., 11:01 a.m., or 12:41 p.m. The train station is near the eight-mile mark (13K) of the race. Or, get off at ‘Natick’ at 8:01 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:56 a.m., or 12:36 p.m.

    Inbound trains from ‘West Natick’ leave at 11:26 a.m., 12:51 a.m., and 3:01 p.m., and from ‘Natick’ at 11:31 a.m., 12:56 p.m., and 3:06 p.m. These trains will make stops in Wellesley, (along the race course), and Newton (far from the race course). They will stop at ‘Yawkey’ and ‘Back Bay’, which are near the 24.5-mile mark and Finish Line respectively.

    If you plan to drive to Natick, please consider that roads near the race course will begin to close at 8:30 a.m. Traffic will be heavy, so give yourself ample time for travel.

    Spectators approaching viewing areas on the course may be asked to pass through security checkpoints, and private security personnel may ask to inspect bags and other items being carried.

    WATCH IN WELLESLEY

    Halfway home! The best way to get to Wellesley is on the Worcester/Framingham Commuter Rail line on the MBTA.

    There are three MBTA Stations in Wellesley near the North side (runner left) of the course – ‘Wellesley Square’ is at the 13.4-mile mark, ‘Wellesley Hills’ is at the 14.4-mile mark, and ‘Wellesley Farms’ is at the 15.5-mile mark.

    The wheelchair leaders will pass through halfway (13.1 miles) at about 9:45 a.m., while the lead women and lead men will pass through at about 10:40 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., respectively.

    Outbound trains pass through these three stations around 9:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:25 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

    Inbound trains to Boston pass through these three stations around 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. These trains will make stops in Newton, though not near the race course. They will stop at ‘Yawkey’ and ‘Back Bay’ which are near the 24.5-mile mark and Finish Line, respectively.

    If you plan to drive to Wellesley, please consider that roads near the race course will begin to close at 8:30 a.m. Traffic will be heavy, so give yourself ample time for travel.

    Spectators approaching viewing areas on the course may be asked to pass through security checkpoints, and security personnel may ask to inspect bags and other items being carried.

    WATCH IN NEWTON

    Home of Heartbreak Hill, Newton plays host to some of running’s most famous (and infamous) roadways.

    The best way for spectators to access the race course in Newton is via the MBTA Green Line ‘D’ line, which stops at ‘Woodland’, near the 17-mile mark on the South side (runner right) of the race course.

    There is no public transportation access to the course again until Mile 21.5, where the MBTA Green Line’s ‘B’ line terminates at ‘Boston College’ on the North side of the course (runner left). A short walk to Mile 20.8 will bring spectators near the top of Heartbreak Hill. (Note – the ‘B’ line is a slow ride with many stops, so allow for ample travel time if coming from Boston.)

    If you plan to drive to Newton, please consider that roads near the race course will begin to close at 8:45 a.m. Traffic will be heavy, so give yourself ample time for travel.

    Spectators approaching viewing areas on the course may be asked to pass through security checkpoints, and security personnel may ask to inspect bags and other items being carried.

    WATCH IN BROOKLINE

    The race roars through the heart of Brookline and historic Beacon Street. Spectators can access the Cleveland Circle (Mile 22.3) area (technically a part of Boston) by taking either the ‘B’ (‘Chestnut Hill Ave’), ‘C’ (‘Cleveland Circle’), or ‘D’ (‘Reservoir’) branch of the MBTA Green Line.

    The MBTA Green Line ‘C’ branch runs parallel to the race course from miles 22.3 to 24.6. It’s important to note that the ‘B’ and ‘C’ line stops are on the North side (runner left) of the course, while the ‘D’ line stop (‘Reservoir’) is on the South side of the course (runner right).

    If you plan to drive to Brookline, please consider that roads near the race course will begin to close at 9:15 a.m. Traffic will be heavy, so allow yourself ample time for travel.

    Spectators approaching viewing areas on the course may be asked to pass through security checkpoints, and security personnel may ask to inspect bags and other items being carried.

    Volunteers
    Historically, the majority of volunteer positions have been filled by returning volunteers and volunteer groups. A great way to increase your chances of selection is to be willing to support wherever there is a need over the course of race weekend.
    The role for volunteers are:
    • Pre-Race Prepartaion
    • Boston Marathon Expo
    • Boston Marathon Race Day: Hopkinton
    • Boston Marathon Race Day: Boston
    • Boston Marathon Weekend-Athletes with Disabilities (AWD)
    • Medical
    • Amateur Radio (contact [email protected] to see if you qualify)

    If you are interested in group volunteer opportunities for 10 or more, please contact Alaina Belanger at [email protected] to be added to the waitlist.
    FAQs
    Are shower facilities available after the Boston Marathon?
    No showers will be available.

    Are there pace groups or pacers at the Boston Marathon?
    The Boston Marathon does not have official pace groups or pacers. However, if you are a qualified athlete you will be seeded with athletes with equal abilities. All qualified runners are seeded based off their qualifying times.

    Are walkers allowed in B.A.A. events?
    All athletes of all abilities and paces are welcome to participate in our events. However please note the time limitations per event for when the course will close and timing will conclude. Only officially registered participants are allowed on the course. Time limitations at B.A.A. events: B.A.A. 5K: 1-Hour (net time) to complete the course B.A.A. 10K: 2-Hours (net time) to complete the course B.A.A. Half Marathon: 3-Hours (net time) to complete the course B.A.A. Boston Marathon: 6-Hours (net time) to complete the course

    Can I purchase a seat at the finish line of the Boston Marathon?
    Seats at the finish line at the Boston Marathon are very limited and are reserved only for official race partners. They are not sold by the B.A.A. Nearly the entirety of the Boston Marathon course, including space in view of the Boylston Street Finish Line, is open to the public on a first-come basis.

    Can I start in a different wave/corral than to which I've been assigned for the Boston Marathon?
    Runners are NOT permitted to move forward into an earlier wave or corral. While we encourage all runners to line up in the corral to which they are assigned, runners are allowed to move back to a higher corral or wave, with the exception of the first corral of any wave. For example, if you are assigned to Wave One, you may move back to Wave Two, Three, or Four into any corral EXCEPT for the first corral in any wave. Violators are subject to penalties and/or disqualification.

    What do I do if I cannot complete the Boston Marathon after I have started?
    Stop for assistance and direction at one of the 26 Red Cross aid stations along the course. Sweep buses pick up runners at every Red Cross station with drop-off at the finish area medical tent. Aid stations along the course close at staggered times during the day. Finish area facilities officially close six hours after the last runner crosses the start line in Hopkinton. (About 6:00 p.m.)

    What is the average temperature at the Boston Marathon?
    The average temperature at the start of the Boston Marathon ranges from 45-50°F, (4-10°C). The spread of temperature throughout the race can average approximately 25°F, meaning the finish line temperature can average from 70-75°F8 (21-23°C).

    What services are provided in the Boston Marathon Athletes’ Village?
    Poland Spring Water, Gatorade, Clif Bar, light refreshments, entertainment, tenting and portable toilets will be provided in the Village. Only official runners and volunteers will be allowed to enter the Village.
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