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Participant Information: Transportation

Getting to Start/Finish at White Stadium in Franklin Park

PARKING

THERE IS NO PARKING WITHIN FRANKLIN PARK ON RACE DAY

Parking on the street in the surrounding neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain is extremely limited. We strongly recommend race participants who are driving take the official B.A.A. shuttles from the UMass Boston satellite location (see map below).

PARK & SHUTTLE / MBTA & B.A.A. SHUTTLE

The B.A.A. will provide shuttle bus service from three locations that will drop off runners at Franklin Park near the intersection of Humboldt Avenue and Seaver Street. This is less than a quarter-mile from the start line.

The Shuttle Locations Are:

  • UMASS BOSTON BAYSIDE PARKING LOT
  • JFK/UMASS MBTA STATION (MBTA RED LINE)
  • FOREST HILLS MBTA STATION (MBTA ORANGE LINE)

UMASS BOSTON BAYSIDE PARKING LOT
200 Mt. Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02125
Parking in the designated lots on the UMass Boston campus is free. Signage and volunteers will be on site to assist.

  • Shuttle service pre-race will run from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
  • Shuttles will pick up at the UMass Boston Bayside Parking Lot
  • Return shuttles after the race will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Driving Directions to UMass Boston Bayside Lot

From the West
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) east to Interstate 93. Take I-93 South one mile to Exit 15 (JFK Library/South Boston/Dorchester). Take a left at the end of the ramp onto Columbia Road. At the rotary, take the second exit onto William J Day Boulevard and make a sharp right onto Mt. Vernon Street. Turn left to stay on Mt. Vernon Street and follow signs to the parking lot.

From the South
Take Interstate 93 North to exit 14 (Morrissey Boulevard/JFK Library) and follow Morrissey Boulevard north to Mt. Vernon Street. Turn right onto Mt. Vernon Street and follow signs to the parking lot.

From the North
Take Interstate 93 South through Boston to Exit 15 (Columbia Road/JFK Library). Take a left at the end of the ramp onto Columbia Road. At the rotary, take the second exit onto William J Day Boulevard and make a sharp right onto Mt. Vernon Street. Turn left to stay on Mt. Vernon Street and follow signs to the parking lot.

JFK/UMASS STATION - MBTA RED LINE

  • No parking at this location.
  • Shuttle service to Franklin Park from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
  • Pick up and drop off in front of the T Station on the Morrissey Boulevard side.
  • Return shuttle service from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

FOREST HILLS STATION - MBTA ORANGE LINE (see map below)

  • No parking at this location.
  • Shuttle service to Franklin Park from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 am.
  • Pick up and drop off on Hyde Park Avenue in front of T stop
  • Return shuttle service from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 

DROP OFF & PICK UP - South Entrance of Franklin Park Zoo

You may choose to have a friend or relative drop you off before the race and pick you up after the race. If you choose this option, we suggest North Peabody Circle, which is located at the South entrance to the Franklin Park Zoo and near the intersection of Blue Hill Avenue, Columbia Road, and Franklin Park Road (see map just above).

  • Roads within Franklin Park will close by 7:15 a.m. and drop off access near the start line will be blocked.
  • If you plan to be dropped off on race morning, please plan to arrive by no later than 7:15 a.m.
  • Runner drop off and pick up at Columbia Road and Blue Hill Avenue will remain open.
  • Parking will not be permitted at this location.

 

DIRECTIONS TO NORTH PEABODY CIRCLE AT THE SOUTH ENTRANCE OF FRANKLIN PARK ZOO

Have a GPS?
A close “address” to the drop off and pick up location is One Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121 which is near the the drop off & pick up location indicated above.

From Storrow Drive
Take the Fenway exit to Route 1 South. Follow Route 1 to Route 203 East, following signs for Franklin Park Zoo. Once you pass the Arnold Arboretum, keep left to go on the overpass. At the next rotary,
go two-thirds of the way around, and enter Franklin Park. Follow signs to the Franklin Park Zoo.

From Route 128 North or South
Take exit 15A (Dedham Exit) to Route 1A. Stay on Route 1 (approximately 4 miles) until it becomes the VFW Parkway. Continue on the VFW Parkway, approximately three miles, until it ends. Take a left on Centre Street. At the rotary, take 203 East on to the Arborway, pass the Arnold Arboretum and keep left to go on the overpass. At next rotary, go two-thirds of the way around, and enter Franklin Park. Follow signs to the Franklin Park Zoo.

From I-93 North of Boston
Take I-93S to Exit 15, Columbia Road. At the end of ramp take a right on to Columbia Road. At the third light Columbia Road turns left, continue on Columbia Road through nine more lights. Go straight across Blue Hill Avenue until it becomes Franklin Park Road. You will have now entered Franklin Park. Follow signs to the Franklin Park Zoo.

From I-93 South of Boston
Take I-93N to Exit 15, Columbia Road. Take a right at the end of the ramp - you must go up and around the rotary and then come back - to be heading in the correct direction on Columbia Road. At the third set of lights, Columbia Road turns left. Continue on Columbia Road through nine more sets of lights. Go straight across Blue Hill Avenue on Franklin Park Road.

From Route 9
Take Route 9 to Route 1 (the Jamaicaway) South. Follow Route 1 to Route 203 East. Stay in the left lane and go over the overpass. At the next rotary go two-thirds of the way around, and enter Franklin Park. Follow signs to the Franklin Park Zoo.

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.