Event Information: Course Information

MILE COURSE:   A three lap, USATF-certified course begins on Boylston Street, turns left on Dartmouth Street, left on Newbury Street, left on Exeter Street then left onto Boylston ending at the Boston Marathon finish line. Each lap is 522 meters, plus 44 additional meters on the first lap before the runners first cross the finish line.

 

COURSE RECORDS:  

  • Men’s Professional: Nick Willis, NZL, 4:03.3, 2013
  • Women’s Professional: Anna Willard, 4:38.6, USA, 2009
  • Boys’ Scholastic: Ben Groleau, Framingham, 4:27.2, 2012
  • Girls’ Scholastic: Melanie Fineman, Newton, 5:10.44, 2010
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.