RACE DATE: Sunday, October 8, 2017
RACE TIME: 8:00 AM
COURSE: The 13.1-mile, rolling course is an out and back route that runs along the Emerald Necklace park system. The B.A.A. Half Marathon begins and ends at White Stadium in Boston’s Franklin Park. The park, one of the oldest in America, is located in Boston’s Jamaica Plain and Dorchester neighborhoods.
With a start on Pierpont Road, the course proceeds out of Franklin Park, along New Washington Street and Forest Hills Drive, and past both the Arnold Arboretum and Jamaica Pond as The Arborway becomes The Jamaicaway. The course then passes Willow Pond and Olmsted Park, before the turn around point on The Riverway 4.75 miles into the race.
On the return, runners hug the western side of the Emerald Necklace, with Leverett Pond, and Jamaica Pond now on the left. The race re-enters Franklin Park and loops around animal enclosures in the Franklin Park Zoo, before finishing on the track in White Stadium.
ENTRY: All entries must be secured through B.A.A. This event sells out within hours. You can learn more here.
WEATHER: Throughout the course of a typical October in Boston, the average low temperatures are brisk but not yet cold enough for snow. During the first week of the month, the average lows are between 49 and 52 degrees Fahrenheit
TIME LIMIT: Timing will conclude three hours after the starting horn sounds. Official participants have three hours (3:00:00) net time to complete the race. Only participants who complete the race within this allotted time will be considered official finishers. Roads and paths along the route will begin to reopen to traffic prior to the conclusion of timing and scoring, and those remaining on the course will be directed off the roadways and on to walkways by local police.