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Participant Information: Transportation to Start Line

Information on Getting to the Boston Marathon Start Line

TRANSPORTATION TO THE START

  • The recommended way to get to the start in Hopkinton on race morning is by using the official B.A.A. buses between 6:15 a.m. and 9:20 a.m.
  • Bus loading will take place at the Tremont Street side of Boston Common in Boston’s Back Bay, and is based on your start time (see image below)
  • Transportation to the start is for official runners only
  • Each runner must show his/her bib number upon boarding
  • We are not able to provide transportation to the start from Boston for family or friends
  • Click image below to see a full size map of the bus loading area
  • SEE OUR UPDATED BAGGAGE POLICY AND GEAR CHECK INFORMATION - CLICK HERE

 

 

BUS LOADING TIMES

In order to load all the buses efficiently, avoid delays and get to the start on time, we strongly recommend the following bus loading schedule:

WAVEBIB COLORBIB NUMBERBUS LOADING TIME
1 101 - 8,999 6:15 - 6:50 a.m.
2 9,000 - 17,999 7:00 - 7:35 a.m.
3 18,000 - 26,999 8:00 - 8:35 a.m.
4 27,000 - 36,450 8:45 - 9:20 a.m.

Limited transportation from Boston back to both parking areas in Hopkinton (see below information) will be available after the race at no charge.

  • The return buses will be parked on Stanhope Street at Clarendon Street
  • The shuttles will run from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. continuously.

 

FROM BUS LOADING TO START TIME

Below is a chart showing the approximate length of time from loading the bus, arriving in Hopkinton, loading your start corral, to your start time:

(click image above to see large version)

 

PARKING IN HOPKINTON

  • Parking in Hopkinton is extremely limited and security measures may slow access from the parking areas for spectators and runners.
  • We STRONGLY recommend that all entrants take the official B.A.A. buses from Boston to Hopkinton on race morning, as it is the only way we can ensure that you will get into Hopkinton.
  • Please note that the roads within the town of Hopkinton close at 7:00 a.m. and no street parking will be available.
  • Limited runner parking is available at the South Street lot and volunteer/spectator parking at the Hopkinton State Park on Route 85.
  • Once these lots are full, we will only allow runner drop-off at a designated lot on South Street. Plan accordingly and give yourself ample time. Expect delays!
  • Please do not park illegally, as it will jeopardize the transportation system and will result in the vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense.
  • There will be no on-street parking allowed in the town of Hopkinton.
  • Hopkinton State Park parking and shuttle is for volunteers and spectators only. Registered runners parking at this location and using this shuttle will not be transported to the Athletes' Village, and will have to walk an additional one mile from the drop-off point to the Athletes' Village. These individuals may be subject to additional security screening to enter the Athletes' Village. Registered runners are requested to use the shuttle buses from the South Street parking lots in order to ensure timely arrival at the Athletes' Village.

IF YOU DECIDE TO DRIVE

  • Directions from Boston to South Street parking lot – Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Route 495 South to exit 21B. Also take exit 21B if coming from Route 495 North.
  • Or from Boston and all other directions to the Hopkinton State Park – Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Route 9 (exit 12). Follow Route 9 West to Route 85 South.

All the information above is subject to change

B.A.A. Moment 9

2010 - The Hoyts

When many think of the Boston Marathon, they think of Team Hoyt, the father/son team of Dick and Rick who have participated in their unique way 28 times. Dick was 69 at the 2010 Boston Marathon.