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Contact Info:
Boston Office (Administration)
185 Dartmouth Street
6th floor
Boston MA 02116
phone:617-236-1652
fax:617-236-4505
e-mail:info@baa.org
Hopkinton Office (Registration)
One Ash Street
Hopkinton MA 01748
phone:508-435-6905
fax:508-435-6590
e-mail:registration@baa.org

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Those unable to complete the entire Boston Marathon course within the period of time in which official race times are recorded (six hours from the time the last official starter in the fourth wave crosses the start line), you will not be recorded in the official race results. Finish area facilities officially close at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET. The course will close at various intervals before that time.

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Timing will conclude three hours after the starting horn sounds. Official participants have three hours (3:00:00) net time to complete the race. Only participants who complete the race within this allotted time will be considered official finishers. Roads and paths along the route will begin to reopen to traffic prior to the conclusion of timing and scoring, and those remain¬ing on the course will be directed off the roadways and on to walkways by local police.

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Locations along the course that are close to MBTA subway stations are:
  • Kenmore Square (Green lines B,C, and D): One-mile-to-go marker
  • Woodland (Green line D): Mile 16.8 of the Marathon course
  • Boston College (Green line B): Mile 21.4 of the Marathon course
  • Cleveland Circle (Green line C): mile 22.4 of the Marathon course

The MBTA's Commuter Rail Line (Framingham/Worcester) also makes stops along the Route in Framingham, West Natick, Natick, Wellesley Square and Wellesley Hills. For more information on watching the race, pick up a Spectator's Guide at local hotels or the Marathon Information Kiosk in Copley Square Park on race weekend.

For more information on Spectator Information, click here.

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We anticipate it taking no longer than 15-minutes for the last runner of each wave to cross the starting line.

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For more information on when the current qualification window opened for the Boston Marathon, including qualifying standards in order to submit for registration, click below:

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Seats at the finish line at the Boston Marathon are very limited and are reserved only for official race partners. They are not sold by the B.A.A. Nearly the entirety of the Boston Marathon course, including space in view of the Boylston Street Finish Line, is open to the public on a first-come basis.

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Registration for the Boston Marathon typically opens in early September, approximately seven months before the race. The B.A.A. uses a process to register runners which allows the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first.

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American Red Cross Aid Stations providing first aid/medical support are located approximately every mile along the race course, including one at the start. Medical areas will be set up to provide medical support at the finish area.

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Because of the four-wave start, we will be timing and scoring by net time, the time from when you cross the starting line until you cross the finish line. Prize money will be awarded by gun time, but the elite athletes are up front so their gun and net times are virtually the same. Age group awards are based on net time.

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No. For safety reasons, baby joggers/strollers, in-line skates, skateboards and like vehicles of any kind, and animals are not permitted on the Boston Marathon course.

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