Boston Marathon

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. Working in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route, the B.A.A. has set the field size for the 2015 Boston Marathon at 30,000 entrants.

The Boston Marathon is one of the World Marathon Majors along with the Berlin, London, Chicago, and New York Marathons.

Race Date
Apr 17, 2017
Race Location
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Event Type
Start Times

Men: 10:00 am
Women: 9:32 am

No. Runners
Race Website
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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 registration fee for the 2015 Boston Marathon for qualifiers is $175 USD for United States residents and $225 USD for international residents.

Working in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route, the B.A.A. has set the field size for the 2015 Boston Marathon at 30,000 entrants.

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.

Time Limits & Cutoffs
  • The course time limit for the marathon is 6 hours.
  • An electronically recorded official timing system will be used.
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.
  • All finishers will receive Finisher’s certificate (mailed during the summer).
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
  • Temperature : 45°F to 55°F
  • Humidity : 57% to 72%
  • Wind Speed : 10 mph to 15 mph

9 thoughts on “Boston Marathon

Raonel Ortega

Queridos organizadores mi tiempo actual es de 3 hrs 35 minutos y tengo 56 año
Cuando tengo que inscribirme?.

Saludos desde tyoluca Mexico.

Judit Cservenka

Dear Organizers,

I haven’t found any infos about registration fees. I ran 3:37:29 at Vienna City Marathon, and I was born on 04/03/71. What will be the fee for foreigners (I’m Hungarian)? I should try to find sponsors…..

Best regards,

Joanne L. Siegel

Question: My time I am using for the 2012 race is 3:55.15

My required qualifying standard for the 2012 race is 4:05

Since you are allowing the 59 second leeway for the 2012 race, I actually can run 4:05.59 and still qualify. Does that mean that I can sign up on Sept 14 or 15? Since there is leeway, I feel that I qualified by 10 minutes and 44 seconds. (As opposed to 9 minutes, 45 seconds, which would require I wait until Sept. 16)

cherirae wright

Have the same question posted by Fay Tarbush:

Can you tell me if walkers are included in the Boston Marathon and if so, what are the requirements for walking the Marathon? Do you have a category for Seniors?
Thank you for an email response.



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