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Participant Information: Pre-race Information

What you need to know before the race


  • Runners will have their bib numbers mailed to their address before the race. 
  • There will not be bib distribution on the day of the race.
  • Please check that your registration information is correctly imprinted upon your bib
  • International Residents Only : Your bib numbers will be available on race-day at the Information Booth
  • Please do not fold, crease, or forcefully bend your bib.
  • The timing and scoring device is affixed to the back of your bib, and should not be damaged or removed from the bib.
  • If your bib number appears damaged, please call the B.A.A. Registration Office at 508-435-6905 or send an e-mail detailing the necessary correction to
  • Official race shirts will be given out to runners before and after the race.


  • Entrants can check belongings at a designated location near the start.
  • Clear bags will be provided and belongings must be claimed following the race.
  • Please use the baggage tag affixed to your bib number to help us identify your bag once the race has concluded.
  • You may use your own clear bag or a clear plastic bag provided by the B.A.A. to check your belongings.
  • Please do not check valuables.


  • In order to ease course congestion, a multiple pulsed start program will be implemented.
  • Runners will be seeded according to their bib numbers.
  • Signs will be positioned in the start area to indicate your start position by bib number and expected pace per mile.
  • The timing and scoring system will begin recording your time once you cross the starting line.
  • Your net time will be your official time.

All 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.