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Event Information

120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016

 

DISTANCE: 26 miles, 385 yards (42.195 Kilometers)

The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's most prestigious road racing events. The Boston Athletic Association manages this American classic, which is sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services. The Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity and method of gaining entry into the race (via qualification).

COURSE RECORDS

CATEGORYNAME (COUNTRY)TIMEYEAR
Men's Open Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) 2:03:02 2011
Women's Open Rita Jeptoo (Kenya) 2:18:57 2014
Men's Masters John Campbell (New Zealand) 2:11:04 1990
Women's Masters Firaya Sultanova-Zhdanova (Russia) 2:27:58 2002
Men's Wheelchair Joshua Cassidy (Canada) 1:18:25 2012
Women's Wheelchair Wakako Tsuchida (Japan) 1:34:06 2011

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.