Spectator Guidelines
  • Spectators are not allowed to enter the course, run alongside athletes, or impede athletes in any manner. Security personnel, public safety representatives, and Race Officials will be located throughout the course to support this.
  • The B.A.A. asks spectators to be respectful of their environment and community while attending the B.A.A. 10K. Spectators are asked not to throw anything onto the course, including but not limited to confetti or streamers. Spectators are asked to pick up any trash from their area, and respect traditional carry-in, carry-out standards.
  • The B.A.A. and all public safety agencies supporting the B.A.A. 10K encourage the public to actively participate in the See Something Say Something campaign. Spectators are asked to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious conduct or items to the closest law enforcement officer or by calling 9-1-1.
  • Click HERE to see a list of prohibited items.
Some helpful tips for watching the B.A.A. 10K
  • Before and after the race, participants will gather and Boston Common, and spectators are welcome.
  • The race begins at 8:00 a.m., and it will take all entrants about 20 minutes to cross the starting line, with the fastest departing first.
  • There is a checkpoint timing mat at the half-way (3.1-mile) mark of the race course.
  • To see your favorite participant twice, we recommend viewing the race from Commonwealth Avenue, either in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, or by Boston University.
  • Note that for the first mile of the race, participants will be densely packed together.
  • The race course leads participants West on Commonwealth Avenue, detours around Kenmore Square, and at Boston University, returns to Commonwealth Avenue West until the turnaround point.
  • Athletes will then return on "Comm. Ave" East until Kenmore Square, veer left onto Beacon Street, turn right onto Charlesgate West, and then, with a left turn, return to Comm. Ave East, darting through the Back Bay until a loop around the Public Garden.

For a description of road closures along the course, click below: