Participant Information

Saturday, April 18, 8:00 a.m. ET

RACE SCHEDULE
6:30 - 7:50 a.m. Pre-race warm-up
8:00 a.m. START
9:15 a.m. Course closes

 

REGISTRATION

We appreciate your interest in running the 2015 B.A.A. 5K on Saturday, April 18, however, registration is now closed.

  • The B.A.A. does not permit transfer of bibs or entries.
  • Registration will open on May 6 for the 2015 B.A.A. 10K, to be held on Sunday, June 21.
  • Registration will open on July 15 for the 2015 B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, to be held on Sunday, October 11.
  • The B.A.A. 5K, B.A.A. 10K, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon are part of the 2015 B.A.A. Distance Medley.

 

PRE-RACE INSTRUCTIONS, BIB NUMBER DISTRIBUTION, AND T-SHIRT PICK-UP

  • U.S. and Canadian residents will have their bib number and participant information brochure mailed to their address on file. International residents may pick up their bib number on race day at the Registration Tent near the start and finish line between 6:30 and 7:45am. Proper photo identification is required for international residents to pick up their bibs.
  • There will not be bib distribution on the day of the race or at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo for the 2015 B.A.A. 5K.
  • Please check that your registration information is correctly imprinted upon your bib.
  • Please do not fold or forcefully bend your bib. The timing and scoring device is affixed to the back of your bib and should not be damaged or removed from the bib.
  • Please wear your bib on the front of your torso on your outer-most layer.
  • Bib numbers are not transferrable.
  • You may not run with someone else’s bib number.
  • If inaccuracies appear on the bib number, or your bib number appears damaged, please call the B.A.A. Registration Office at (508) 435-6905 or send an email to 5kregistration@baa.org.
  • Upon completing the race, you may claim your official t-shirt near the refreshments area. You may choose to pick up your t-shirt on the morning of the race, prior to the start.

 

START
The start and finish line for the B.A.A. 5K is located at Charles Street between the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. In order to ease course congestion, a multiple pulsed start program will be implemented. Runners will be seeded according to their expected finishing time. Signs will be positioned in the start area on Charles Street to indicate your start position. The timing and scoring system will begin recording your time once you cross the starting line. Your net time will be your official time.

 

GEAR CHECK

  • Entrants can check belongings at a designated location near the start on Boston Common.
  • Bags will be provided and belongings must be claimed following the race.
  • Please use the gear check tag affixed to your bib number to identify your bag once the race has concluded.
  • You must use a plastic bag provided by the B.A.A. to check your belongings.
  • The clear, plastic bag will be provided on-site at the gear check area near the start/finish area.
  • Please do not check valuables.
  • The B.A.A. is not responsible for lost items.

 

GETTING TO BOSTON COMMON
On race day, there are three ways to the starting line:

  • MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (MBTA)
  • NEARBY PARKING
  • DROP-OFF / PICK-UP AREA

 

MBTA
The closest MBTA stop to the start and finish location 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 5K runners park at the 100 Clarendon Street Garage in Boston’s Back Bay. With race-day road closures in effect, this is the best location to park your vehicle on Saturday morning. We strongly advise those entrants who are driving to park in the 100 Clarendon Street Garage, or other area parking garages listed here:

  • 100 Clarendon Street Garage, Boston, MA 02116
  • Millenium Place Garage at 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 / PICK-UP
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.

 

All information above is subject to change

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.