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Event Information: Along The Course

What to expect during the event

COURSE AMENITIES AND FLUID REPLACEMENT

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.

ON-COURSE AMENITY MILE MARK
Poland Spring Water 2.0
Poland Spring Water 3.9
PowerBar Gel Zone* 5.9
Poland Spring Water
Gatorade Endurance Formula**
6.0
Poland Spring Water  7.9
Poland Spring Water
Gatorade Endurance Formula
9.0
Poland Spring Water
Gatorade Endurance Formula
11.1
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 fuelbelt.com.
Poland Spring water is available at most retailers in the New England region.

 

PORTABLE TOILETS

  • 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 ASSISTANCE

  • 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.

 

DROP-OUT AND COURSE CLOSURE

  • 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.

 

COURSE CLOCKS AND MILE SIGNAGE

  • 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 4

1972 - Women Official Entrants in Marathon

Although Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1966, it was not until the 1972 Boston Marathon that women could become official entrants due to a change in AAU rules.