With Marathon Monday just around the corner, we’re lacing our sneakers and gearing up to attend the 127th Boston Marathon.
What’s new this year?
This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Boston Marathon tragedy in 2013, and there are various commemorative events planned for the Saturday before race day. The City will also host a range of volunteer opportunities to commemorate One Boston Day on April 15.
We can expect a pretty familiar face to kick off race day. David Ortiz, three-time World Series champion + Red Sox legend, will serve as Grand Marshal and lead the way from Hopkinton to Boston.
Sadly, there’s one Barkstonian we’ll be missing this year. Spencer, the official dog of the Marathon, died in February. The golden retriever is being honored with a permanent portrait at the Hopkinton Arts Center, as well as on some of the Marathon banners around Back Bay.
How can I cheer on the runners?
With nearly 30,000 athletes expected to hit the pavement, it’s time to jog your memory on the course route + schedule.
The race begins on Main Street in Hopkinton Center and continues to the finish line on Boylston Street in Back Bay. The first wave sets off at 10 a.m., with the final wave heading out at 11:15 a.m. Some of the most popular spots for catching the action are the Wellesley Scream Tunnel and Heartbreak Hill in Newton.
Planning to check out the start of the race? Roads in Hopkinton close at 6:30 a.m. and there will be no street parking — your best bet is taking one of the B.A.A. shuttle buses.
Your best bet is taking public transit to get around — here’s what the MBTA schedule will look like:
- Copley Station will be closed all day on Monday, April 17.
- South Street, Saint Mary’s Street, and Kent Street stations will close from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- The Red, Orange, Blue, and Silver lines will operate on a regular weekday schedule, with additional service before and after the race
- All Commuter Rail lines will operate on a regular weekday schedule, with a $15 Boston Marathon pass.