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Participant Information: Start Line Area

Start Area in Hopkinton, MA

Buses from Boston and Hopkinton parking areas drop off at Hopkinton High/Middle School, where you will enter the Athletes’ Village, a large staging area where you will have time to relax and stretch. Light refreshments, Poland Spring Water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, Gatorade Prime, Clif Bars, Lavazza Coffee, bagels, bananas, tenting, and portable toilets will be available.

You must show your bib number upon entering. You may wear additional layers of clothing on B.A.A. buses and at the Athletes’ Village for warmth before the start of the race. Any clothing that you do not want to wear during the race must be discarded in Hopkinton and will be donated to a local charitable organization.

In order to exit the Village and enter the corrals in an efficient and orderly fashion, runners will leave the Athletes’ Village according to their assigned wave, bib number, and corral assignment, and will be directed down Grove Street to Main Street.

NOTE: Your starting corral is printed beneath your runner’s number on your bib. It can also be found on your Number Pick-up Card. Please do not stop along the way. The schedule of release from the Athletes’ Village is as follows:

1 1 and 2
3 and 4
5 and 6
7 and 8
9:05 a.m.
9:10 a.m.
9:15 a.m.
9:20 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
2 1 and 2
3 and 4
5 and 6
7 and 8
9:40 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
9:50 a.m.
9:55 a.m.
10:25 a.m.
3 1 and 2
3 and 4
5 and 6
7 and 8
10:05 a.m.
10:10 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
10:20 a.m.
10:50 a.m.
4 1 and 2
3 and 4
5 and 6
7 and 8
10:30 a.m.
10:35 a.m.
10:40 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m.

NOTE: The above times are approximate and may vary slightly. Please listen for the announcements.


  • Runners will be lined up on Main Street only. Follow signs to your particular corral, which is located about .7-mile from the Athletes’ Village.
  • All runners are numbered according to qualifying times, facilitating a start and pace comparable to others with similar qualifying times. Runners should line up in the corral they have been assigned.
  • Bib numbers are color-coded. Red bibs (numbers 101–7,700) are assigned to Wave 1. White bibs (numbers 8,000–15,600) are assigned to Wave 2. Blue bibs (numbers 16,000–23,600) are assigned to Wave 3. Yellow bibs (numbers 24,000–32,500) are assigned to Wave 4. Please start in the corral and the Wave to which you have been assigned. Your starting corral is printed beneath your runner’s number on your bib.
  • You may move from your assigned Wave to a later Wave. For example, if you are assigned to Wave 1, you may move back to Wave 2, Wave 3, or Wave 4 in any corral EXCEPT the first corral in any Wave. However, you may NOT move to an earlier Wave. For example, you may not move from Wave 4 to Wave 3, from Wave 3 to Wave 2, or from Wave 2 to Wave 1. Violators are subject to penalties and/or disqualification.
  • Remain in your assigned area for the benefit of both yourself and other competitors. Please cooperate and play fair.
  • Measures will be taken to disallow unauthorized participants from starting within the official seeded sections. Official runners are asked to assist the marshals by reporting unauthorized participants who may have entered a corral. Only official runners with a B.A.A.-assigned bib number may enter a corral.
  • Cooperate with the marshals at the Athletes’ Village, Start, and Finish.
  • Runners will not be allowed to warm up in front of the starting line at any time.
  • Clothing left at the Athletes’ Village, Start, and Finish will be donated to charity.
  • For safety reasons, animals, strollers, in-line skates, skateboards and like vehicles of any kind are not permitted.
  • Although the B.A.A. discourages the use of iPods and headphones, they are allowed except for those athletes who declare themselves eligible for prize money.
  • Violators are subject to disqualification.
  • There are additional toilets in Hopkinton at the Athletes’ Village and in Colella’s Supermarket parking lot. Please use these units and NOT private property. Trespassing is illegal, and the law will be strictly enforced. Violators are subject to immediate disqualification and possible action by local law enforcement officials.
  • Persons with disabilities will receive additional, special instructions by April 1.

All the 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.