Boston – Bold and Beyond

“The Boston Marathon is much more than a road race. It is one of the great American public events, run in one of the great American cities — a sweat-soaked New England holiday that is an annual celebration of spring, and of life.” – Erik Brady: Boston Marathon a tradition as much as it’s a race.

The Boston Marathon will be a bit different this year, but it will have a wide array of supporters, participants, and volunteers just like always, who will continue to rally together in tribute.

The Marathon – What to Expect

First of all, this year for the first time, The Boston Athletic Association is inviting people from around the world to participate in their own Boston Marathon. “Maybe it’s not 26.2 mils, and maybe it’s not in Boston, but there is a marathoner in all of us.” You’re encouraged to bring that out in the first ever Boston Marathon World Run! “In this global celebration of movement, fitness, and commitmentt to ones personal wellnes goals, registration and participation in the Boston Marathon World Run is free.” Also, all registrants will receive a bib number that you can print out, digital finisher’s medal, and printable finisher’s certificate!

Learn more about the Boston Marathon World Run here: About Us – World Run.

Now, the actual Boston Marathon will still begin in Hopkinton and end in Boston. According to the Course Map the route is as follows:

  • The historic course starts on Main Street in the rural New England town of Hopkinton and follows Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley to where Route 16 joins Route 135
  • It continues on Route 16 through Newton Lower Falls to Commonwealth Avenue, turning right at the fire station onto Commonwealth which is Route 30
  • It continues on Commonwealth through the Newton Hills, bearing right at the reservoir onto Chestnut Hill Avenue to Cleveland Circle
  • The route then turns left onto Beacon Street continuing to Kenmore Square, and then follows Commonwealth Avenue inbound
  • The course turns right onto Hereford Street (NOTE: against normal traffic flow) then left onto Boylston Street, finishing near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.

 Along The Course, you can expect to find hydration stations, digital clocks & mile signage, aid stations & areas for assistance, restroom facilities, and more!

If you will be watching the race instead of participating you can expect a “significant presence of uniformed and plain clothed police officers.” For everyone’s security, spectators are urged to follow certain rules for what they can/can’t bring. See below:

Marathon Spectator Guide

Learn more about what to expect here: Participant Information and Spectator Information.

 After the race is over, have some fun and attend Boston Marathon Mile 27 – The Official Post-Race Party!

Things to Do

Along with attending the party after the race, there are so many more fun activities in Boston! First of all, you could use the Hertz NeverLost download code BAAM in your Hertz rental to find fun and related marathon information! If you’ll be in town this for the marathon, you could also check out the Boston Patriot’s Day Events.

Also, if you’re visiting Boston in the spring, then a visit to Fenway Park should be high on the to-do list, especially since the Red Sox are the defending Major League Baseball champions!

You could also check out:

and many more activities! See “A Guide to Boston – Boston Everyday,” for more information!

Finally, enter our photo contest for the chance to win a $25 gift card! Just click below for more details 🙂

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Enjoy your trip to Boston and good luck if you participate in the marathon!

-Melissa Woodring



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