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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

Frequently Asked Questions

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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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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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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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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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From races that use the chip timing system, the chip/net time will be accepted for qualifying purposes.
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The Boston Marathon Number and T-shirt pick-up will be held at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo, during official expo hours. There is absolutely NO number and T-shirt pick-up available on race day.

John B. Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
(617) 954-2000

The John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo is open to the public and admission is free. The Hynes Convention Center is conveniently located in the center of Boston, in the Back Bay area. For more information about the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo, visit the Conventures website.

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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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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.)

All of the above is subject to change.

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You’re unique, so don’t copy other runners. Some runners need less fluid than you, while others will need more. Learn your individual hydration needs. Fluid needs vary widely and slower runners need to be very cautious with their fluid intake while faster runners may need to drink more to replace higher volume sweat losses.

For further information on the B.A.A. recommended hydration plan, click the button below:

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