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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.

How to enter the Boston Marathon

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi

Boston Marathon route

Event Details

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.

Spectators

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

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

Questions & answers

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    Robbyanto B
    I hv completed all other 5 major marathons, my time wont prequalify. Is there another way to take a part in the Boston Marathon. Thanks.

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    Steph E
    Hi there. Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately to qualify and apply for the Boston Marathon 2020 is now closed. The only way to qualify is by having a quick enough time. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask. :)

Boston Marathon weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

56°F
Predicted highs
44°F
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 9mph

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