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Boston Marathon

Mon 20th Apr 2020
1 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114, USA
Run 26.2mi

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Prepare yourself for the biggest event on the global racing calendar. This race will see you being cheered by seemingly endless supporters along the course. If you can qualify or get a place with a charity, you'll be in for a once in a lifetime experience. Come for the prestige and the competition.

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One of the Six World Marathon Majors, and boasting crowds of hundreds of thousands year on year, the Boston Marathon is one of the true staples of the global marathon calendar. This is the one everyone wants to conquer.

Distances in this event

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    Mon 20th Apr 2020

Where could you finish?

We’ll work out your time based on past results, elevation and terrain.

Raceday Logistics

BAA buses will drop you off at Hopkinton School, where you'll enter the Athletes' Village. Here refreshments and toilets will be available.

The raceday schedule from the Village towards the start area is as follows, listing bib number and color, starting corrals and their respective exit times from the village.

Number 101 – 7,90o (red bib)
1 and 2 9:15 a.m.
3 and 4 9:20 a.m.
5 and 6 9:25 a.m.
7, 8, and 9 9:30 a.m.

Number 8,000 – 15,999 (white bib)
1 and 2 9:40 a.m.
3 and 4 9:45 a.m.
5 and 6 9:50 a.m.
7, 8, and 9 9:55 a.m.

Number 16,000 – 23,999 (blue bib)
1 and 2 10:05 a.m.
3 and 4 10:10 a.m.
5 and 6 10:15 a.m.
7, 8, and 9 10:20 a.m.

Number 24,000 – 32,699 (yellow bib)
1 and 2 10:30 a.m.
3 and 4 10:35 a.m.
5 and 6 10:40 a.m.
7, 8, and 9 10:45 a.m.


BAA Buses to the start

The only reliable method of transport for runners are the buses provided by the race organisers from Charles Street.


There are multiple subway options to reach the pick up point on Charles Street

  • Green - to Park Street, Boylston or Arlington
  • Red - to Park Street
  • Orange - to Downtown Crossing

Commuter Rail

Any route can be taken into the city - you will arrive at either North or South station depending which side of the city you are situated in. From North, afterwards take the Green Line to Arlington. From South, take the Red Line to Park Street, and transfer to the Green Line, which will take you to Arlington.


Normal buses will also be in operation, but bear in mind some may be diverted around the marathon course on race day. Check travel alerts for the most up to date info.


Travel wise, spectators can use buses and subway all day with the 1 day pass, or alternatively use the Marathon Pass ($15) to hop on and off commuter rail all day - though this can't be used on subway or bus. There are plenty of subway stops within walking distance of much of the course - consult the MBTA website for more info.

The most popular viewing spots for spectators are:

  • 13.1 mile mark
  • Newton firehouse
  • Heartbreak Hill
  • Boston College
  • The final turn onto Boylston Street
  • The finish

It may be worth walking a few hundred yards either side of these spots though, as you'll be more likely to be able to see the action!


Volunteers are needed for a whole host of roles at the Marathon, and we're grateful for their commitment and support. If you'd like to find out more about the jobs available, or want to register, please visit https://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/volunteer

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