The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's most prestigious road racing events. The B.A.A. continues to manage this American classic, which has been sponsored by John Hancock Financial since 1986. The Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity, and method of gaining entry into the race (via qualification).
WATCH IN HOPKINTON (START AREA)
IT ALL STARTS HERE
Hopkinton Center is a busy place on race morning.
If you want to see the start of the race, please note that roads in Hopkinton close at 7:00 a.m. and no street parking will be available.
There is parking for spectators at Hopkinton State Park, and a shuttle service will run on race morning to bring spectators to the start line area in Hopkinton Center.
Athlete transportation to the Athletes’ Village is separate, with busses leaving from Boston Common on race morning at designated times.
Spectators boarding B.A.A. Shuttle Buses may carry a small bag containing personal items.
Using a clear plastic bag will enhance public safety and expedite the security screening process.
All persons boarding, or on, B.A.A. shuttle buses are subject to security screening.
In all cases, runners and spectators should keep their personal items under their immediate control at all times.