RACE DATE: Monday, April 15 (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. 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. To reserve your spot, register here.
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.