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Boston Marathon

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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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What's included:

Admission to the Boston Marathon Expo
Long sleeved tech shirt by adidas
Bib number
An official result from an electronically recorded official timing system
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
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, presented by Samuel Adams
Finisher’s certificate (for official finishers only, mailed during the summer)
Results book (mailed over the summer)

Marathon
Mon 11th Oct 2021

Run 26.2mi

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Robbyanto Budiman
Robbyanto Budiman
15/11/2019
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.… read more
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Logistics and schedule

Start Times- all ET

09:02 Men's Wheelchair
09:05 Women's Wheelchair
09:30 Handcycles & Duos
09:37 Elite Men
09:45 Elite Women
09:50 Para Athletics Divisions
10:00 Wave One
10:25 Wave Two
10:50 Wave Three
11:15 Wave Four

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!

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.

Subway

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.

Buses

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.

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Robbyanto Budiman
Robbyanto Budiman
15/11/2019
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.
Steph Ede
Steph Ede
18/11/2019
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. :)
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