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Event Information: Directions & Transportation

Travel Details

Parking in Boston is limited and we regret that we cannot make parking available; please take the MBTA.

WEEKEND EVENTS

  • The John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo is located this year at the Hynes Convention Center.
  • The Copley Square MBTA Station, on the Green Line will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for weekend assignments.
  • The Copley Square MBTA Station will be closed on Monday, race day.
  • The Back Bay MBTA Station, on the Orange line will be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for Expo and race day Copley Sq. area assignments.
  • Beginning March 22, 2014, Government Center Station, which is the closest T stop to City Hall for the Pre Race Pasta Party, will be closing. Haymarket Station on the Green Line or Orange Line, or State Street on the Orange Line are the next two closest alternatives.  
  • Post Race Party volunteers can take the Green Line to Kenmore and Fenway stops.

START - HOPKINTON

The roads into the town of Hopkinton will shut down at 7:00 a.m. to personal vehicles. 

Driving Directions to Hopkinton:

  • From Boston, take the Mass. Turnpike (I-90 West) to Route 9 (Exit 12).
  • Follow Route 9 West to Route 85 South.
  • Parking is available at Hopkinton State Park.
  • Shuttle buses will bring volunteers from the State Park to the town center (corner of Routes 85 and 135) beginning at 5:00 a.m.

From Boston and all other directions:

  • Take the Mass. Turnpike to I-495 South to Exit 21A.
  • Follow to the third set of traffic lights and take left onto Route 85 north.
  • Hopkinton State Park is approximately two miles on the right.
  • Shuttle buses will bring volunteers from the State Park to the town center (corner of Routes 85 and 135) beginning at 5:00 a.m.

Please note: there will be no parking available for Athletes’ Village volunteers at the Hopkinton Elementary School. All volunteer parking is at Hopkinton State Park. Please allow extra time to ride the shuttle.

  • Two buses for VOLUNTEERS ONLY will leave from John Hancock Hall (200 Berkeley Street) in Boston at the corner of Stuart and Berkeley Streets), at 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
  • Take the MBTA Green Line to Hynes, Prudential or Boylston Street Stations or the Orange Line to Back Bay Station.
  • Buses will drop off volunteers at the Center School and Hopkinton Middle School.
  • Both buses will return to Boston from Hopkinton at 12:30 p.m.
  • If you plan to ride the bus, please contact Mary Miller at mmiller@baa.org

COURSE

Water Station and Checkpoint Assignments

  • Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation.
  • Some water stops are accessible by the MBTA or you can park on a nearby street (please be aware you can not park on the course).

Mile Markers

  • Mile Marker volunteers will be transported to their location from Boston together with appropriate equipment.

FINISH AREA

  • Unless otherwise noted, finish area volunteer check-in meetings will take place at John Hancock Hall, 200 Berkeley Street (corner of Berkeley and Stuart Streets in Boston). 
  • Parking in Boston is limited and we regret that we cannot make parking available; please take the MBTA.
  • Please note that Copley Station will be closed on race day.
  • Arlington Street Station on the Green Line, and the Back Bay Station on the Orange Line are the closest stops to the Copley Square area on race day.
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.  Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.