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Event Information

RACE DATE: Monday, April 20 (Patriots Day)

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

MINIMUM PACE/CUT-OFF TIME POLICY: Those unable to complete the entire Boston Marathon course within the period of time in which official race times are recorded (six hours from the time the last official starter in the fourth wave crosses the start line), you will not be recorded in the official race results. https://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/enter/timing 

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 a government issued photo ID to pick up your bib number at the Boston Marathon Expo, which is held at the Hynes Convention 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 $35 per person.  All tours depart from the Sheraton Boston Hotel (39 Dalton Street) and tickets must be purchased in advance. We recommend bringing your Program Book so you have a map of the course.

AWARDS: As principal sponsor, John Hancock provided the first-ever prize money in 1986 and continues that tradition.  The top finishers have received more than $20 million in prize money and course-record bonuses over the past 33 years. Learn more here.

DIFFICULTY: Moderate