Event Information: Course Information

Start and finish line is located on Charles Street between the Boston Public Gardens and Boston Common

COURSE (see image above to see large version of course map)
The 3.1-mile flat, loop course starts and finishes at historic Boston Common. The B.A.A. 5K course will be a scenic tour through Boston’s Back Bay and will take participants down Boylston Street and across the Boston Marathon finish line. As the race begins on Charles Street, it proceeds left on Beacon Street. Runners then take a left on Arlington Street and a right onto Newbury Street. At Berkeley Street, runners take a right, and then a left onto Commonwealth Avenue. At Charlesgate, runners will turn around and follow the Boston Marathon course, taking a right on Hereford Street and then a left on Boylston Street and passing over the Boston Marathon finish line, before continuing down Boylston Street and taking a left onto Charles Street for the finish.

ALONG THE COURSE ON RACE DAY & COURSE AMENITIES AND FLUID REPLACEMENT
Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water will be available at the start, finish, and at two water stations along the course, located near miles 1 and 2. Gatorade Thirst Quencher® will be available at the finish.

PORTABLE TOILETS
For your convenience, an ample number of portable toilets will be placed near the start/finish area before and after the race. Please use these units. Participants are requested to respect surrounding private and public property by using the portable toilets provided.

COURSE CLOSURE
Any runners remaining on the course after 9:15 a.m. will be asked to move to the sidewalks for the remainder of the course. For safety reasons, animals, strollers, in-line skaters, skateboards, bicycles, and like vehicles are not permitted. The use of headphones is permitted but discouraged.

COURSE CLOCKS AND MILE SIGNAGE
Digital clocks, positioned at every mile and at the finish line, will indicate unofficial time from the starters’ gun.

FINISH
At the finish, volunteers will direct you to the refreshment areas for Poland Spring Water, Gatorade, and other refreshments, as well as t-shirt pick-up, and finishers’ medals.

 

All of the above information is subject to change

B.A.A. Moment 8

1966 - Bobbi Gibb

Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.