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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

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The ONLY guaranteed way to get to the start in Hopkinton on race morning is by using the official B.A.A. buses between 6:15 a.m. and 9:20 a.m. Bus loading will take place at the Tremont Street side of Boston Common in Boston’s Back Bay area. Transportation to the start is for official runners only. Each runner must show his/her bib number upon boarding. We are not able to provide transportation to the start from Boston for family or friends. You must show your race number upon boarding.

More information on the transportation system for the Boston Marathon will be forthcoming.

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Check Marathon Tours for a list of hotels that offer special rates and for the distance they are from the finish line. The official airline of the Boston Marathon is jetBlue, and in the months leading up to the Marathon, registered runners receive promotional codes for discounted jetting to Boston. Please visit www.marathontours.com, and www.jetblue.com.
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We STRONGLY recommend that all entrants take the official B.A.A. buses from Boston to Hopkinton on race morning, as it is the only way we can ensure that you will get into Hopkinton.

Hopkinton State Park parking and shuttle is for volunteers and spectators only. Registered runners parking at this location and using this shuttle will not be transported to the Athlete’s Village, will have to walk an additional one mile from the drop-off point to the Village, and may be subject to additional security screening to enter the Village. Registered runners are requested to use the shuttle buses from the South Street parking lots in order to ensure their arrival at the Athlete’s Village.

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Free shuttle services, the MBTA, and our drop-off/pick-up location are your best bet. There will be no parking at the event location. Parking in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood is extremely limited, but some spots along the street may be available. For more details on our transportation program, click the button below:

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Poland Spring Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon/lime flavor) are the official fluids provided approximately every mile along the course as well as the start and finish areas.

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You may move from your assigned Wave to a later Wave. For example, if you are assigned to Wave 1, you may move back to Wave 2, Wave 3, or Wave 4 in any corral EXCEPT the first corral in either Wave. However, you may NOT move to an earlier Wave. For example, you may not move from Wave 4 to Wave 3, from Wave 3 to Wave 2, or from Wave 2 to Wave 1. Violators are subject to penalties and/or disqualification.

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All finishers will receive a B.A.A. Half Marathon medal. Prize money will be awarded equally to men and women, based on gun time. You can find more information here: Prize Money

Awards will be mailed at a later date to the top five finishers overall and top three push rim wheelchair division finishers, along with the first, second and third place finishers in the following age groups for both men and women: 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+.

Participants who complete the course will receive a specially designed finisher's medal.

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At the finish, volunteers will direct you to: the medical tent (if necessary), refreshment areas, and Finishers' medals for official participants who finish within the allotted time (approximately 2.5 hours after the last participant crosses the start line). You will pick up your t-shirt after the race. An awards ceremony for top finishers will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. on race day.

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Stop for assistance and direction at one of the medical assistance stations on the course, provided by the B.A.A. Sweep buses are available to pick up runners who are unable to finish. Finish-area facilities officially close at approximately 11:00 a.m., with timing closing 2.5 hours after the last participant crosses the start line.

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  • Parking in Hopkinton is extremely limited and security measures may slow access from the parking areas for spectators and runners.
  • We STRONGLY recommend that all entrants take the official B.A.A. buses from Boston to Hopkinton on race morning, as it is the only way we can ensure that you will get into Hopkinton.
  • Please note that the roads within the town of Hopkinton close at 7:00 a.m. and no street parking will be available.
  • Limited runner parking is available at the South Street lot and volunteer/spectator parking at the Hopkinton State Park on Route 85.
  • Once these lots are full, we will only allow runner drop-off at a designated lot on South Street. Expect delays!
  • Please do not park illegally, as it will jeopardize the transportation system and will result in the vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense.
  • There will be no on-street parking allowed in the town of Hopkinton.
  • Hopkinton State Park parking and shuttle is for volunteers and spectators only. Registered runners parking at this location and using this shuttle will not be transported to the Athlete’s Village, will have to walk an additional one mile from the drop-off point to the Village, and may be subject to additional security screening to enter the Village. Registered runners are requested to use the shuttle buses from the South Street parking lots in order to ensure their arrival at the Athlete’s Village.
  • Directions from Boston to South Street parking lot – Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Route 495 South to exit 21B. Also take exit 21B if coming from Route 495 North.
  • Or from Boston and all other directions to the Hopkinton State Park – Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Route 9 (exit 12). Follow Route 9 West to Route 85 South.
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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.