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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)
“The Starting Line”/One Ash St.
Hopkinton MA 01748
phone:508-435-6905
fax:508-435-6590
e-mail:info@baa.org

Frequently Asked Questions

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The B.A.A. will broadcast every five kilometer split to its website and family and friends can track your progress by logging in and entering your name or bib number. The "face" of the Boston Marathon website will change on race day and the process on how to enter the search will be clear. The AT&T Athlete Alert program allows messages to be automatically delivered to any US mobile phone, a pager, or any email address.

Alerts will be broadcast when your runner crosses the starting line, reaches the 10K, half marathon and 30K marks, and from the finish line. Runners or their family and friends can register in three ways:

  • Via text message or SMS, (after registering, you'll receive a text message confirming how to complete registration).
  • Visiting the AT&T Athlete Alert Sign-Up page at the race website, www.baa.org, and sign up there.
  • Registering in person. Representatives will be available in the Bib Number Pick-up area at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo.
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No, additional functions will not be held the night before the B.A.A. Half Marathon.

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Just keep moving forward! We'll get you your medal at the same time we get you your mylar blanket, water, and other post-race refreshments.

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Bring a government issued photo I.D. to the card replacement desk in the Number Pick-up area, and we will issue a new card. A Number Pick-up Card must be presented in order to receive your number.

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The B.A.A. is proud to offer Half Marathon participants hotel accommodation through Marathon Tours and Travel at the Sheraton Boston. Located 3.1 miles from Franklin Park at 39 Dalton Street, a block of rooms at the Sheraton Boston Hotel has been held through our partners at Marathon Tours and Travel. Guests may choose rooms for single or double occupancy, with room rates beginning at $265.00 (rates are per room, per night based on single or double occupancy; excluding taxes). A special shuttle service to the B.A.A. Half Marathon start and finish area at Franklin Park will be available for guests staying at the Sheraton Boston through Marathon Tours.

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We are able to provide transportation to the start from Boston to Hopkinton for officially registered runners only. There is no public transportation to Hopkinton.
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Race day results will be posted electronically online at www.baa.org and on coolrunning.com.
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No. For safety reasons, strollers, in-line skates, skateboards and like vehicles of any kind, animals are not permitted.

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All prize money winners will be decided by gun time. All age group division awards will be awarded by net time.

B.A.A. Moment 1

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.