Everything You Need to Know if You're Going to the Boston Marathon!

April 15, 2019
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An estimated 30,000 athletes are expected to take on the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston in the 2019 race. 

What should I leave at home?

If you’re heading to watch the race, officials want you to leave your backpacks, coolers, and picnic blankets at home. Drones are also prohibited. The B.A.A. has a list of items that are banned from the route and any official venue.

What time does the race start?

Runners leave Hopkinton in predetermined waves based on division and qualifying time. The men’s push rim wheelchair division starts the race at 9:02 a.m., followed two minutes later by the women’s push rim division, and then the handcycle and duo competitors at 9:25 a.m. The elite women’s field crosses the starting line at 9:32 a.m., and the elite men start at 10. The rest of the runners are broken down into groups, with Wave One starting at 10:02 a.m., Wave Two at 10:25 a.m., and Waves Three and Four going together at 10:30 a.m., a change due to the weather forecast this year.

How should I get there?

City and race officials are urging spectators to leave their cars at home on Marathon Monday and instead rely on public transportation due to the expected road closures and parking restrictions for the race. The Commuter Rail is offering a $15 special pass for unlimited travel on the system through all zones that is valid all day Monday.


Those who will be taking public transportation will encounter some changes, too. The MBTA’s Copley Station will be closed all day on Marathon Monday. Three other Green Line stops will be impacted by the race. South Street (B Branch), Kent Street (C Branch), and St. Mary’s Street (C Branch) will be closed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.