Boston Marathon

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Running, jogging or spectating the Boston Marathon is an experience only fully understood in person. As you race through the heart of the city, soak up the atmosphere and feel that rush of adrenaline. Cheered on by the endless sideline supporters, this is an event that truly makes you feel alive.
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Mon 17th Apr 2023
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Boston, United States
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Where and when
1 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114, USA
Start times
Mon 17th Apr 2023
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Route information
Distance: 26.2 miles
Terrain: Closed roads
Elevation: Rolling hills
The Boston Marathon is a point-to-point race starting in Hopkinton (East Main Street) and finishing in Boston (Boylston Street).
A course of rolling hills, this is by no means a fast and flat run. Mile 21 presents Newton’s Heartbreak Hill, the aptly named hill positioned at an already tough point of the course. After this 'heartbreaking' climb, it is downhill toward the finish line.
Despite the many challenges you’ll face along the way, there will be plenty of support from the sideline, giving you that all-important boost of energy to get to the finish.
There will also be digital clocks positioned at every mile and at the finish line if you are looking to keep your eye on the clock.
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What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Long-sleeved tech shirt by Adidas
  • Chip-timed results
  • Participant Gear Check bag
  • Boston Marathon Official Program
  • Complimentary ticket for the Pre-Race Dinner, presented by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze
  • 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
  • Baggage and dressing area (no showers)
  • Massage
  • Family meeting area
  • Admission to the official Awards Ceremony
  • Complimentary ticket for the Post-Race Party, presented by Samuel Adams
  • Finisher’s certificate (for official finishers only, mailed during the summer)
  • Results book (mailed over the summer)
How to get there
1 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114, USA
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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.
Spectator 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!
Will there be toilets on the Boston Marathon course?
Yes there will be portable toilets available at every mile point along the route, starting from mile 2.
Will the Boston Marathon be broadcast on T.V. or radio?
The race will be televised live in its entirety locally on WBZ-TV (Channel 4), and the station will also be streaming live race coverage throughout New England on CBS Boston. The race will also be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network.
Will there be water stations on the Boston Marathon course?
Yes, there will be water stations at every mile of the course, starting after mile 2. Each station will be fully stocked with Poland Spring Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula.
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