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Event Information: Along The Course

What to expect during the event


The B.A.A. Half Marathon is pleased to have three products available along the course to help keep you fueled up as you make your way along Boston's Emerald Necklace park system.

  • Poland Spring Water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, and Clif Bar products will be available at the start and finish areas.
  • Poland Spring Water will be available on course beginning at mile two.
  • Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon-lime) will be available on course beginning at mile six.
  • Clif Shots will be available on course just before mile six at the Clif Shot Energy Zone.

Poland Spring Water 2.0
Poland Spring Water 3.9
Clif Shot Energy Zone 5.9
Poland Spring Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula 6.0
Poland Spring Water 7.9
Poland Spring Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula 9.0
Poland Spring Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula 11.1
Poland Spring Water 11.9

We recommend that you become familiar with these products before race day and incorporate them into your training to avoid any surprises on race day. 

  • Clif Shot Energy Gel can be purchased at most running specialty stores, and we recommend that you try both caffeinated (Mocha & Citrus) and non-caffeinated (Razz & Vanilla) flavors before race day. These four flavors will be at mile 5.9 on course.
  • Gatorade Endurance Formula is specific to the fueling needs of endurance athletes with 2x the sodium and 3x the potassium of traditional Gatorade. Gatorade Endurance products are available where endurance athletes shop - at run, bike and tri specialty stores nationwide and online at and
  • Poland Spring water is available at most retailers in the New England region.


  • For your convenience, an ample number of portable toilets will be placed near the start/finish area for use before and after the race.
  • Please use these units. Participants are requested to respect the surrounding private and public property by using the portable toilets provided.
  • Portable toilets will be placed near each fluid replacement station on the course.
  • Please help us reflect well on the communities we utilize.


  • Medical personnel will be available to give emergency care, as well as attend to non-critical injuries, at miles 0.7, 2.0, 4.5, 7.5, 11.2, 12.0, and the finish.
  • Additionally, a medical bus will be located at the turnaround at mile 4.7.


  • Runners unable to finish the race may stop at one of the medical facilities along the course for assistance and direction.
  • Sweep vans will follow the race, picking up runners who are unable to finish the course.
  • Finish area facilities officially close at 12:00 p.m.
  • For safety reasons, strollers, in-line skates, skateboards (and similar vehicles of any kind), and animals are not permitted.
  • The use of headphones is discouraged but permitted.



  • Digital clocks, positioned at every mile and at the finish line, will indicate the unofficial time from the starter’s gun.


All the information above is subject to change

B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.