Boston Marathon

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The Boston Marathon is an annual race hosted by the U.S. city of Boston, Massachusetts, on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday of April. Begun in 1897 Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s best-known road racing events. The event attracts 500,000 spectators each year. Though starting with 18 participants the event now attracts more than 20,000 registered participants each year.


Race Date

Apr 20, 2015


Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Event Type

Start Times

Men: 10:00 am
Women: 9:30 am

No. Runners



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Race Registration

To participate in Boston Marathon you can register in the official website. Registration will occur on a “rolling admission” schedule, beginning with the fastest qualifiers. The 2014 field has been expanded to 36,000 entrants (an increase of 9,000 over 2013).

Course / Route Map

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.

Race Profile / Elevation Map

The Boston Marathon is considered to be one of the more difficult marathon courses because of the Newton hills, which culminate in Heartbreak Hill near Boston College. While the three hills on Commonwealth Avenue (Route 30) are better known, a preceding hill on Washington Street (Route 16), climbing from the Charles River crossing at 16 miles (26 km), is regarded by Dave McGillivray, the long-term race director, as the course’s most difficult challenge. This hill, which follows a 150-foot (46 m) drop in a half-mile stretch, forces many lesser-trained runners to a walking pace.


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Time Limits & Cutoffs

The course time limit for the marathon is 6 hours.

Course Records

Men: Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya), 2:03:02, 2011
Women: Margaret Okayo (Kenya), 2:20:43, 2002

Prize Money & Awards

A prize money total of $806,000 is awarded in equal amounts to men and women as follows:

  • Top 15 men and women ($150,000 for first place to $1,500 for 15th place, for a total of $353,000 each for men and women).
  • Top 5 men and women in the 40-and-over division ($10,000 for first place to $1,000 for 5th place, for a total of $20,000 each for men and women).
  • Top 10 men and women in the wheelchair division ($15,000 for first place to $500 for 10th place, for a total of $30,000 each for men and women).

T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates

  • All participants receive a long sleeved t-shirt
  • All runners who finish by 4:45 p.m. will receive a medal after crossing the finish line.

Water Stops & Refreshments

  • From mile two to mile 25, there will be hydration stations at every mile on both sides of the road. The stations will serve Lemon-Lime Gatorade Endurance Formula, and Poland Spring water.
  • As runners approach the hills of Newton, there will be PowerBar Gel Station at Mile 17.

Expected Race Day Weather

The temperature typically varies from 43°F to 53°F and is rarely below 36°F or above 67°F.

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