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Event Information: Along The Course

What to expect during the event


  • 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 (at every other mile, beginning at mile 2).
  • 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.


Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water will be available at every other mile beginning at mile two, and Gatorade Endurance Formula™ will be available at miles 6, 9.5, and 10.5. PowerBar® Gel will be available near mile six. 


All the information above is subject to change

B.A.A. Moment 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.