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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 and cooled down as you make your way along Boston's Emerald Necklace.
Poland Spring Water will be available near every other mile marker, beginning at mile two, Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon-lime) will be at mile 6.0, mile 9.0, and mile 11.1. A PowerGel station will be available on mile 5.9 right before the Poland Spring and Gatorade station at mile six. A list of PowerGel flavors will be available at a later date.

The B.A.A. recommends that participants become familiar with these products before race day and that each participant incorporate them into their training so to avoid any surprises on race day.

Poland Spring Water 2.0
Poland Spring Water 3.9
PowerBar Gel Zone* 5.9
Poland Spring Water
Gatorade Endurance Formula**
Poland Spring Water  7.9
Poland Spring Water
Gatorade Endurance Formula
Poland Spring Water
Gatorade Endurance Formula
Poland Spring Water 11.9

* PowerGel can be purchased at most running specialty stores, and the B.A.A. recommends that participants try with both caffeinated and non-caffienated versions before race day. Both types will be available at Mile 6 on course.

** Gatorade Endurance Formula is specific to the fueling needs of endurance athletes, and is different from the Gatorade which is available in convenience stores. Gatorade Endurance products are available where the endurance athlete shops - at run, bike and tri specialty stores nationwide and online at
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 (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.


All the information above is subject to change

B.A.A. Moment 3

1966 - Bobbi Gibb

Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.