We are four years from the marathon bombings and we are still Boston Strong! A day of remembrance and celebration, Marathon Monday is one of the best days of the year. If you plan on enjoying it, we have some tips for you provided by Boston.com. Don't miss the opportunity to stand together as one great city to cheer on the 2017 runners!
What time does the race start?
The start times for this year’s marathon participants fall between 8:50 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. today, Monday, April 17. Runners depart the Hopkinton starting point for their 26.2 mile journey to the finish line in a predetermined order, depending on which category they fall into (e.g., elite men and women). You can track many of the runners online and receive text notifications by submitting their bib number.
Where should I stand?
Find prime viewing points, accessible T stations, and restaurants and restrooms near the route on this interactive marathon map. T.K. Skendarian, the communications director for the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), also shared pointers on the best viewing spots, from the starting line to the finish line on Boylston Street, which was installed on Thursday. If you’re looking to enjoy the atmosphere—and some libations—without standing among the crowds, here are 10 Boston bars where you can see the marathon live.
How should I get there?
The city recommends forgoing personal vehicles in favor of public transportation on Marathon Monday due to road closures and traffic. If you do plan on driving, here’s a list of traffic restrictions that will be happening in and around Boston.
However, public transportation users aren’t exempt from changes. The MBTA’s Copley station will be closed for all of Monday because of its proximity to the finish line, with additional Green Line station closures from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., including the South Street (B branch), Kent Street (C branch), and St. Mary’s Street (C branch) stops. For additional public transportation and commute info, check here.
What should I leave at home?
The BAA has released a list of items that will be prohibited from race routes and other high-security areas, including obvious items like weapons and fireworks, but also everyday items like blankets and backpacks, so please take a look at the full list of banned objects before you head out.
How can I watch from somewhere else?
Whether you’re stuck at work or just want to avoid the crowds, here’s how you can watch the marathon on TV, listen on the radio, or live stream the event online.
Enjoy the big race and stay safe out there. Best of luck to the 2017 runners! We know the Boston Athletic Association and City of Boston will devour the details of another amazing Boston Marathon.