Boston Marathon

Marathon
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Event Information

RACE DATE: Monday, April 16 (Patriots Day)

RACE TIME:  There are four wave starts for runners, preceded by professional wheelchair athletes, hand-cycles, and professional elite runners. Start times.

ORGANIZER: Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.)

COURSE: The course follows a point-to-point route from rural Hopkinton to Boston.  The course is certified per the guidelines set forth by the IAAF and USA Track and Field.

TEMPERATURE: The average weather during the month of April the Boston area is a high of 56 F and the average low is 40F.  Temperature swings are common in New England in the spring.

ENTRY FEE: Each runner must secure their bib directly with the B.A.A.

ELIGIBILITY: Runners must qualify to run the Boston Marathon by running a qualifying time at a certified marathon. Qualifying times are determined by your age on the date of the Boston Marathon in which you will be participating. 

NUMBER PICKUP: All runners must bring their bib Number Pickup card (mailed to you) and a government issued photo ID to pick up your bib number at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo. It is held at the Seaport World Trade Center.  You can find out more information here.

COURSE TOUR: We highly recommend booking the Boston Marathon Course Tour.  This is optional and is open to runners and supporters for $30 per person.  It is offered at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 14 and 10:00 AM on Sunday, April 15 from the Sheraton Boston Hotel.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.

AWARDS: As principal sponsor, John Hancock Financial Services provides the prize money.  The top finishers have received nearly $18.2 million in prize money and course-record bonuses over the past 30 years. Learn more here.

DIFFICULTY: Moderate