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Event Information: Pre-Race Dinner

City Hall Plaza, Boston | Sunday, April 19 | 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The official Boston Marathon Pre-Race Dinner, compliments of the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), is the place to dine and mingle with fellow runners from around the world on the night before the race. Thousands of participants will enjoy a delicious, buffet-style dinner at this festive event, which will include products from our sponsors and contributors. There will be music and entertainment, including an official greeting from the Mayor of Boston, B.A.A. officials, and past champions of the Boston Marathon. A complimentary ticket is included in every participant’s Runner Passport®.

PLEASE NOTE: No backpacks will be allowed at the Pre-Race Dinner

  • Additional tickets for family and friends are $20 each and can be purchased at the Party Ticket Booth at the Boston Marathon Number Pick-up area of the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo.
  • Admission is complimentary for children under 12 years old.
  • Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.

Directions: City Hall Plaza is located in downtown Boston within easy access of all major hotels and public transportation.


  • Green salad
  • Penne marinara with fresh Italian herbs
  • Four cheese baked rigatoni  with yogurt and pesto
  • Sausage and meatballs
  • Greek pasta salad
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Stonyfield Yogurt
  • Poland Springs Water
  • Sam Adams Beer


All of the above information 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.