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Boston Office (Administration)
185 Dartmouth Street
6th floor
Boston MA 02116
phone:617-236-1652
fax:617-236-4505
e-mail:info@baa.org

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JetBlue is the Official Airline for the Boston Marathon. Back this year, JetBlue is offering $10 off each direction of your airline travel to the Boston Marathon. This offer is good on travel from any city that JetBlue operates to Boston (Logan International). Valid dates of travel include arriving in Boston between April 12 and April 15, 2018, and returning home between April 16 and April 18, 2018. For more information, click below:

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Information Centers are located in the following locations during race weekend:

  • John B. Hynes Convention Center
  • Copley Square
  • Hopkinton Athletes’ Village
  • Stuart Street in Boston’s Back Bay

All of the above information is subject to change

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The race will be televised live in its entirety locally on WBZ-TV (Channel 4), and the station will also be streaming live race coverage throughout New England on cbsboston.com. The race will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network.

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A Clif Bar Gel station is located at near mile 17. For more information on what's along the course, click the button below:

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Portable toilets will be located at each fluid and each first aid station. Stations are every mile beginning at mile two. We've also added many port-a-johns to the start area and the athlete's village.

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From races that use the chip timing system, the chip/net time will be accepted for qualifying purposes.
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While it is popular belief that in 1887 the B.A.A. founders chose the Unicorn as the organization’s symbol due to its place in mythology (Chinese and other mythologies regard the figure as an ideal and something to be pursued but which can never be caught), it is more likely that the Unicorn was borrowed from the coat of arms from one of the B.A.A.'s first families. Still, the now iconic Unicorn stands for striving for excellence.... even it can never be achieved.

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Clocks will be located at every mile and 5 km mark along the course (clocks will display the elapsed time from the 10:00 a.m. start only - Wave 2 runners simply need to deduct 25 minutes from the displayed time, Wave 3 runners must deduct one hour from the displayed time, and Wave 4 runners must deduct 1 hour and 25 minutes from the displayed time.)

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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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Awards are presented to the top 10 men and women overall, and the top three men and women in the 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+ division. They are also presented to the top five men and women in the push rim wheelchair division, the first man and woman in the wheelchair quad-class division and the top three men and women in the visually impaired division. Team awards are presented to the members of the first men’s and women’s open team and first men’s and women’s 40-and-over team.

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