The 123rd Boston Marathon is upon us. Whether you plan to cheer on athletes along the 26.2-mile route or watch the country’s oldest marathon from the comfort of your couch, here is what to know if you plan to the 2019 Boston Marathon this Patriots’ Day.
The Boston Marathon begins on Main Street in Hopkinton, a small suburb west of Boston, and weaves through six other cities and towns before reaching the finish line by the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.
The route weaves through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley and those heartbreaking hills in Newton before entering Boston. The race finishes up as runners turn onto Hereford Street and left on Boylston Street toward the famous finish line.
The Boston Athletic Association staggers the start times for different athletic divisions and waves of runners. The first race begins at 9:02 a.m. in Hopkinton with the Men’s Wheelchair division and the last race begins at 11:15 a.m. with the fourth wave of non-elite runners.
- Men’s Wheelchair: 9:02 a.m.
- Women’s Wheelchair: 9:04 a.m.
- Handcycles & Duo Participants: 9:25 a.m.
- Elite Women: 9:32 a.m.
- Elite Men: 10:00 a.m.
- Wave One: 10:02 a.m.
- Wave Two: 10:25 a.m.
- Wave Three: 10:50 a.m.
- Wave Four: 11:15 a.m.
Road closures around the route:
Nearly two hours prior to the first races, road closures will begin in Hopkinton. Staggered closures will occur along the marathon route all day on Monday, and street closures in Boston will last until 6:30 p.m. or later.
- Hopkinton 7:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Ashland 7:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
- Framingham 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
- Natick 8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
- Wellesley 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
- Newton 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
- Brookline 9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
- Boston, Variable – 6:30 p.m.
How to watch on TV:
Television coverage of the Boston Marathon will be provided locally by WBZ-TV from 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on race day, and nationally by NBC Sports Network from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on race day.
Those who want to be at the starting line in Hopkinton should consider leaving very early. Parking is extremely limited, and there is no street parking.
Those aiming to be at the finish line in Copley Square should consider taking public transportation by MBTA, the Boston Athletic Association says. All commuter rail routes that end in South Station also stop at the Back Bay station, which is a short walk over to Boylston Street.
Consider spectating in less-crowded parts of the very long route, or visiting popular viewing spots like the “Scream Tunnel” in Wellesley or the Heartbreak Hill stretch in Newton. Take a look below for more options on where to watch the race.
The BAA offers more information about transportation details and parking information here.
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