Contact Info:
Boston Office (Administration)
185 Dartmouth Street
6th floor
Boston MA 02116
Hopkinton Office (Registration)
One Ash Street
Hopkinton MA 01748

Frequently Asked Questions

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No headquarters hotel has been designated for participants, but participants may find it convenient to stay in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which is where the race finishes.

Poland Spring Water, Gatorade, Clif Bar, light refreshments, entertainment, tenting and portable toilets will be provided in the Village. Only official runners and volunteers will be allowed to enter the Village.


The Boston Marathon is held every year on Patriots' Day in Massachusetts.To see a list of all future dates for the Boston Marathon, click the button below:

Although the B.A.A. discourages the use of iPods and headphones, they are allowed except for those athletes eligible for prize money.

To volunteer with the B.A.A., please click the button below:

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Registration for the B.A.A. 5K typically opens in late January/early February. For more information, click the button below:


Registration for the Boston Marathon typically begins in the Fall prior to the race. We cannot predict how quickly registration will fill, but once it does, we are no longer able to accept registrations. The date that we close registration, therefore, becomes the deadline for qualifying.


Entrants in the Boston Marathon who have submitted a time that meets the qualifying standard for their age and gender will be seeded accordingly. Entrants without a qualifying time will be assigned a bib number accordingly.


If you have lost your card, please come to the Replacement Number Pick-Up booth at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo with a valid photo ID, and a duplicate will be reissued to you. This booth will be located in the Number Pick-Up area.

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.