This month, the Boston Marathon will celebrate its 122nd anniversary on April 16. Each year more than 30,000 entrants participate in the elite event. If you’re looking to attend the race or watch from home, here’s what you need to know.
Depending on their division, competitors will take off at different times with the first group being the racers in the mobility-impaired division at 8:40 a.m. EST and the last group (Wave Four) at 11:15 a.m. Elite Women will kick off at 9:32 a.m. with Elite Men following at 10 a.m.
For runners you’re hoping to track during the race, sign up for AT&T Athlete Alerts. You can also download the course map which begins on Main Street in Hopkinton and follows Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick and Wellesley to where Route 16 joins Route 135. The course ends on Boylston Street near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.
Live local coverage will air on WBZ-TV and NBC Sports Network nationally. On Sunday, April 15 the pre-race show will begin at 8:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Network followed by the live event from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Catch the pre-race show on Sunday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m. and the primetime replay on Monday at 8:00 p.m. on Universal HD. You can also find live coverage online at Boston.cbslocal.com.
Check out this year’s official Boston Marathon Spectator Guide for more information.
Race times are listed in EST and are subject to change.