Everything You Need To Know About the Boston Marathon Today

Parking restrictions, Start Times, and Road Closures!

April 16, 2018

Marathon Monday Start Times

Today, 30,000 runners will make their way from Hopkinton to Boylston Street. 

Mobility Impaired: 8:40 a.m.

Men’s Push-Rim Wheelchair: 9:02 a.m.

Women’s Push-Rim Wheelchair: 9:04 a.m.

Handcycles and Duos: 9:25 a.m.

Elite Women: 9:32 a.m.

Elite Men and Wave One: 10 a.m.

Wave Two: 10:25 a.m.

Wave Three: 10:50 a.m.

Wave Four: 11:15 a.m.





Traffic Closures For Marathon Monday 

City officials are urging spectators to rely on public transportation due to the expected road closures and parking restrictions for the race. If you do plan on driving…Expect road closures in the following towns along the Boston Marathon route:

– Hopkinton from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

– Ashland from 7:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

– Framingham from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

– Natick from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

– Wellesley from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

– Newton from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

– Brookline from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

– Boston until 6:30 p.m.


Do Not Bring A Backpack To The Marathon 

If you’re heading to watch the race, authorities want you to leave your backpacks, coolers, and picnic blankets at home. Drones are also prohibited. The BAA has released a list of items that are banned from the marathon route and any official venue, so be sure to check the list before you head to the event.

Prior to Heartbreak Hill

TJ’s Food and Spirits
355 West Union St., Ashland

Located along Mile 3, TJ’s is kicking off its annual Marathon Monday party at 6am this year. Known for its plentiful outdoor seating, robust breakfast buffet, and very reasonable pricing, TJ’s is the ideal spot to watch the earliest stretch of the race.

The 4’s Sports Pub
666 Waverly St., Framingham

The 4’s Pub, just after Mile 6, has been serving thirsty patrons since 1933, making it one of the oldest bars on the route. The restaurant will be open for marathon festivities by 8 a.m., with $5 pizza, Bloody Marys, and a full menu available.

1960 Beacon St., Brighton

There isn’t much in the way of bars along the marathon route after Framingham until just after Heartbreak Hill, when you get to Cityside in Cleveland Circle. Prized for its roof deck, which offers patrons a great view of the runners below, this bar fills up fast on Marathon Monday when it opens at 8am.

The Publick House
1648 Beacon St., Brookline

With one of the most extensive beer lists in the Boston area, the Publick House is a prime place to stop in for a drink while enjoying the ambiance of the crowd and runners on the other side of Beacon Street. The bar opens at 10:30am.

Audubon Boston
838 Beacon St., Boston

Located along the last stretch of the Marathon course just before runners cross over the Turnpike and enter Kenmore Square, Audubon expects to be quite busy all of Marathon Monday. They’ll start serving breakfast when they open at 8:30am.