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Participant Information

The 120th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016. Patriots' Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


DivisionStart timeapprox no. of entrants
Mobility Impaired 8:50 a.m. ET TBD
Men's Push-Rim Wheelchair 9:17 a.m. ET TBD
Women's Push-Rim Wheelchair 9:19 a.m. ET TBD
Handcycles & Duos 9:22 a.m. ET TBD
Elite Women* 9:32 a.m. ET TBD
Elite Men & Wave One 10:00 a.m. ET TBD
Wave Two 10:25 a.m. ET TBD
Wave Three 10:50 a.m. ET TBD
Wave Four 11:15 a.m. ET TBD

* Only women (open or masters) starting the race in the elite women's start at 9:32 a.m. are eligible for prize money.



All official entrants receive:

  • Admission to the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo.
  • Long sleeved t-shirt.
  • Bib number.
  • An official result from an electronically recorded official timing system.
  • Runner’s gear check.
  • Boston Marathon Official Program.
  • Complimentary ticket for the Pre-Race Pasta Dinner.
  • Complimentary transportation to the start.
  • Access to the Athletes’ Village in Hopkinton, providing entertainment, light refreshments, Poland Spring water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, PowerBar, bagels, tenting, and portable toilets.
  • Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon/lime flavor) along the course.
  • First aid / medical facilities along the course and at the finish area.
  • Athlete tracking.
  • A finisher’s medal upon finishing the marathon before approximately 5:45 p.m. ET.
  • Massage.
  • Access to family meeting area.
  • Admission to the Awards Ceremony.
  • Complimentary ticket for the Post-Race Party.
  • Results postcard providing all 5km split information, official and net times.
  • Finishers' certificate (mailed during the summer).
  • Racers' Results Book (mailed over the summer).


All the information above is subject to change at any time

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.