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Participant Information: Runner Passport

Don't leave home without it!

Once again, the Boston Athletic Association has created a RUNNER PASSPORT® to help all runners maximize their Boston Marathon experience. There are city maps, visitor suggestions, and key race information throughout the booklet, and you should not leave home with out it. Most importantly, your Bib Number Pick-Up Card is the back cover, and can be submitted at the John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo.



Your ticket to the Pre-Race Dinner is included Runner Passport®. The dinner runs from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, 2014. This year's dinner is once again hosted at City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston. Please come at the time designated on the ticket. If you’d like to come at a different time, please exchange tickets with another runner. Additional tickets for family and friends are $20 each and can be purchased at the Party Ticket Booth at 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. No backpacks will be allowed at the Pre-Race Dinner 

Transportation Update: Beginning March 22, 2014, Government Center Station, which is the closest MBTA stop to City Hall, will be closed due to renovations. To get to City Hall Plaza via the MBTA, take the Green or Orange Lines to Haymarket Station, or take the Orange or Blue Lines to State Street. Taking public transportation is strongly advised.



Printed with individual runner's bib number, your bib number pick-up card is also contained in your Runner Passport®. YOUR BIB NUMBER PICK-UP CARD AND A PHOTO I.D. ARE REQUIRED TO PICK UP YOUR BIB NUMBER! Please verify the accuracy of all personal information on your card when you receive it in the mail. New for the 2014 Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. is requiring that all participants claim their own bib number at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo during normal expo hours. Friends or family will not be allowed to claim bib numbers.

If any changes need to be made, please e mail or make a photocopy of the card, mark the corrections, and mail to:
B.A.A. Corrections
One Ash St.
Hopkinton, MA 01748-1897

After you turn in your Bib Number Pick-Up card, you'll be given your bib number packet, and a lanyard with a plastic sleeve. Put your Runner Passport® in the sleeve, and you may wish to wear it around your neck to identify yourself to others as a Boston Marathon participant. You earned it.



A complimentary ticket to the Boston Marathon Mile 27, Official Post-Race Party presented by Samuel Adams  is included in every participant’s Runner Passport®. This event will feature a range of Samuel Adams products, including the official beer of the Boston Marathon, 26.2 Boston Brew, on tap. Complimentary light dinner fare will be available while supplies last, a re-broadcast of the day's race will air on large screens, and the day's winners and top finishers will be presented to the crowds. A live DJ will pick up the beat after 10:00 p.m. No backpacks will be allowed in House of Blues.

Additionally all participants are invited to celebrate their accomplishment with family and friends at the Fenway Park Open House from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Experience America’s most beloved ballpark and relax before the Official Post-Race Party at Boston’s House of Blues next door. Simply present your Runner Passport® as your event ticket. Guests must be accompanied by you at time of entry. No backpacks will allowed in Fenway Park.


Here are some links to more information on the contents of the Runner Passport®:

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.