Can I wear headphones in the Boston Marathon?
While the B.A.A. discourages the use of iPods and headphones, we do not impose a ban on wearing such devices in the Boston Marathon except for the elite men and women and all those eligible for prize money. Many runners choose not to wear headphones, and instead listen to the crowd cheer them to Boylston Street.
Where will I find medical attention during the B.A.A. Half Marathon?
Medical personnel will be available to give emergency care, as well as attend to non-critical injuries at miles 0.7, 2.0, 4.5, 7.5, 11.2, 12.0 and the finish.
I lost my phone/ipod/credit card etc. Do you have it, and if so how can I get it back?
What do I do if I don’t receive or if I lose my B.A.A. Half Marathon Bib Number?
Bring a government issued photo I.D. to the registration area on race day, and we will issue a new number. We will cancel your previous number, and void the timing device so that no one can misrepresent you.
How can I pick up my B.A.A. Half Marathon bib number if I haven't received it before the race?
Who can I contact about B.A.A. sponsorship opportunities?
Where do I get my B.A.A. Half Marathon medal after I finish the race?
Just keep moving through the finish area. Your medal will be awarded to you with your water and post-race refreshments.
Will photographs be taken along the Half Marathon course and at the finish, and how can I order these pictures?
How can I pick up my Boston Marathon bib number if I haven’t received my Official Number Pick-up card in the mail?
Participants in the B.A.A. Half Marathon will have their bib numbers mailed to them in advance of the race. Please remember to bring your bib number with you on the day of the event. If you have not received your bib number within one week of the event, please contact the B.A.A. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please handle your bib with care. Your timing device will be attached to the back of your bib, and if it's bent too much, it will not record your time along the route.
1920 - Ashland Start
The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.