Can I take an earlier B.A.A. shuttle from the Boston Common to the Start than what my bib assignment specifies?
We encourage all participants using the B.A.A. shuttles on the Boston common to load the shuttles that correspond with their wave assignments. However, you may load an earlier shuttle if there is room.
How long will the Boston Marathon course be open and when will timing stop?
Timing will stop six hours after the last person crosses the starting line in Hopkinton. The course will close at various intervals before that time.
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.
How can I update my name, address, or other information on my B.A.A. Half Marathon registration?
When applying for entry into the Boston Marathon, what proof of qualifying do I need to provide?
For application into the Boston Marathon, applicants must provide the name and date of the Marathon at which they qualified, and their official finishing time. The B.A.A. will verify all qualifying times before granting acceptance into the race.
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.
Are portable toilets available at the B.A.A. Half Marathon?
Portable toilets will be located at each fluid and each first aid station. Stations are every other mile beginning at mile two. We've also added many portable toilets to the start and finish area near White Stadium.
Will there be fluid replacement stations along the B.A.A. Half Marathon course?
Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water will be available at every other mile beginning at mile two, and Gatorade Endurance Formula™ will be available at miles six, 9.5, and 10.5. For more information on what's along the course, click the button below:
Where do I retrieve my baggage after I finish the Boston Marathon?
No bags will be allowed on buses from Boston to Hopkinton, and bags will not be transported from Hopkinton back to Boston. Bags will not be allowed in certain areas at or near the start in Hopkinton, at or near the finish in Boston, or along the course. A gear check opportunity will be made available for all official participants. More information of our gear check program will be sent to participants via email and the mailing of the Welcome Booklet.
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.