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Participant Information: Getting to Race Day

On race day there are three ways to the starting line:

  • MBTA Stations
  • Nearby parking
  • Drop-off and Pick-up Area

MBTA

The closest MBTA stop to the Start and Finish location on Charles Street is the Park Street stop on the MBTA Green and Red Lines. Boylston and Arlington are also nearby stops on the Green Line. For a complete map and schedule – please visit http://mbta.com/

PARKING INFORMATION

The B.A.A. recommends that 10K runners park at the Garage at 100 Clarendon Street in Boston’s Back Bay. With race-day road closures in effect, this is the best location to park your vehicle on Sunday morning. On-street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods of Beacon Hill and Back Bay is available, but limited. We strongly advise those entrants who are driving to park in the Garage at 100 Clarendon, or other area parking garages, identified below:

  • Garage at 100 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116
  • Millennium Place Garage at the Ritz Carlton, 6 Avery Street, Boston, MA 02111
  • Standard Parking, 290 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
  • Central Parking System, 10 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP INFORMATION

Please note that Charles Street will close at 5:00 a.m. and drop-off access near the start line will be blocked. If you plan on being dropped off on race morning, please plan to do so on Beacon, Boylston, Tremont, or other nearby streets.

B.A.A. Moment 5

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.