Media Advisory: Boston Marathon Start & Finish Line Painting

BOSTON— The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that the start line of the Boston Marathon will be painted tomorrow, Wednesday, April 13, beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET in Hopkinton (weather permitting). Additionally, the Boston Marathon finish line graphic will be installed on Boylston Street on Friday, April 15, at 8:00 a.m. ET (weather permitting). Members of the media are invited to attend the painting and decal placement. Please note that roads will be open to vehicular traffic.

Additionally, the Boston Marathon has announced that Monday’s race will feature a flyover of two C-130s out of the Bradley Air National Guard Base in Connecticut. The aircrafts will fly over the course beginning with the Hopkinton start line at approximately 9:58 a.m. ET and finishing over the Boylston Street finish line at approximately 10:03 a.m. ET.

The 126th running of the Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, the first Patriots’ Day edition of the Boston Marathon since 2019. A detailed media events schedule, helpful links, and credential pick-up information can be found below. All event timing is subject to change. 

Credential Pick-Up: Media credential pick-up will occur within the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel’s State Suite from Thursday, April 14 through Sunday, April 17 within the following hours:

Thursday, April 14 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, April 15 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 16 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 17 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

All media members will be required to sign a COVID-19 vaccination attestation and Boston Marathon News & Media Access Guidelines agreement upon picking up credentials.


Boston Marathon Media Resources: The B.A.A. encourages all media to frequently visit our Boston Marathon Media Resources page ( for up-to-date start lists, links, and information. This year’s Media Guide, Uniform Guide, Participant Guide, splits, transcripts, and results will be available within the Media Resources page.

If you intend to be stationed at the Mixed Zone at the corner of Dartmouth & Boylston Streets, we encourage you to fill out this form to help us better assist with interviews. Our media personnel and volunteers will be happy to connect you with athletes for interviews. 

126th Boston Marathon Media Schedule of Events (subject to change)


Boston Marathon Start Line Painting| 9:00 a.m. | Hopkinton Start Line

The start line will begin being painted in anticipation of the 126th Boston Marathon (weather permitting).


Public Safety Press Conference | 10:00 a.m. | Boston Marathon Fan Fest Stage, Copley Square Park

Public safety and race officials will share race pertinent information to ensure a safe and successful Boston Marathon experience. 



Boston Marathon Finish Line Installation | 8:00 a.m. | Boylston Street Finish Line

The finish line will begin being installed in anticipation of the 126th Boston Marathon (weather permitting).

John Hancock Professional Athlete Press Conference | 10:00 a.m. | Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

Members of the John Hancock Professional Athlete field, including Olympic and Paralympic medalists, race champions, and winners of Abbott World Marathon Majors races, will be available for group and individual interviews. Select athletes will also be available virtually for media not in attendance upon request.

One Boston Day | 2:00 p.m. | Boylston Street Memorials

In remembrance of the victims of 2013, there will be a wreath laying at each of the memorials located on Boylston Street. There will be a performance by Dorchester Bay’s Boston City Singers and a moment of silence will be observed at 2:49 p.m. ET.

Boston Marathon Opening Celebration | 5:00 p.m. | Boston Marathon Fan Fest, Copley Square Park

B.A.A. officials will kick off race weekend at a special celebratory event honoring Boston Marathon legends and milestones.



Boston Marathon Expo | Hynes Convention Center

The Boston Marathon Expo will be open to participants and members of the public from Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. Participants will pick up their bib numbers and explore a sponsor pavilion, pose for photo-ops, and shop the largest collection of adidas Boston Marathon merchandise in town.

Boston Marathon Fan Fest presented by Amazon | Copley Square

Boston Marathon Fan Fest presented by Amazon in Copley Square Park will be the place to soak in the race week atmosphere. Fan Fest will play host to live music, entertainment, photo-ops, meet and greets, archives, the final Boston Marathon training clinic, and more.



2022 B.A.A. 5K | 8:00 a.m. | Boston Common

Nearly 10,000 participants will take part in the first race of the B.A.A. Distance Medley, racing 3.1 miles through Back Bay. B.A.A. 5K registration opened to the general public in February. A stellar professional field features top American and international athletes. Special Olympics Massachusetts, the exclusive fundraising partner of the B.A.A. 5K, will field a team of 100 athletes raising funds to provide opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to compete and train in an inclusive and supportive environment. A media area will be located on Boston Common. 

2022 B.A.A. Invitational Mile | 10:30 a.m. | Boylston Street/Boston Marathon Finish Line

The B.A.A. Invitational Mile features some of the top professional milers in the world, as well as scholastic student-athletes from each of the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route.

2022 B.A.A. Relay Challenge | 1:00 p.m. | Boylston Street between Dartmouth & Clarendon Streets

More than 20 middle schools and youth programs from around Greater Boston will gather for the B.A.A. Relay Challenge. In the culmination of a month-long program taught by volunteer coaches, the relay challenge features students racing in relays and learning running tips from B.A.A. athletes and coaches.



126th Boston Marathon | Hopkinton to Boston, MA

A field of 30,000 athletes will participate in the 126th running of the Boston Marathon, covering 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston. The world’s oldest annually run marathon celebrates community spirit and the pursuit of athletic excellence each year. A media work room with limited seating will be available first-come, first-served in the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.


Schedule of Starts:

6:00 a.m. ET – Military Marchers

9:02 a.m. ET – Wheelchair Division – Men

9:05 a.m. ET – Wheelchair Division – Women

9:30 a.m. ET – Handcycle & Duo Participants

9:37 a.m. ET – Professional Men

9:45 a.m. ET – Professional Women

9:50 a.m. ET – Para Athletics Divisions

10:00 a.m. ET – Wave 1

10:25 a.m. ET – Wave 2

10:50 a.m. ET – Wave 3

11:15 a.m. ET – Wave 4


Boston Marathon Mile 27 Post-Race Party presented by Samuel Adams | 6:30 p.m. | Fenway Park

The Mile 27 Post-Race Party presented by Samuel Adams returns to Fenway Park. Finishers can enjoy America's most beloved ballpark, walk on the warning track, and savor refreshments as they cheers to conquering 26.2 miles. Media members can gain access to the Post-Race Party with their media credential.



Boston Marathon Champions’ Press Conference | 10:00 a.m. | Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

This press conference will feature champions of the 126th Boston Marathon and other notable finishers, as well as officials from the Boston Athletic Association.

For the 37th year, John Hancock will serve as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon.