Boston Marathon

race information

race information

The 2021 Boston Marathon has been postponed to the fall of 2021.


Learn about the registration process for the 125th Boston Marathon.

The Expo

Pick up your bib number, attend a seminar, and shop at over 200 vendors at the Boston Marathon Expo.

Party Time

Join us at the Pre-Race Dinner, presented by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, and Post-Race Party, presented by Samuel Adams.

Gear Check

On race morning, participants may check their plastic finish area gear bag at a designated gear check area.

Allowable Items

Learn more about the Allowable and Prohibited items list to make sure you are prepared for race day.

Bus To Start

The recommended way to get to the start line in Hopkinton is to take the official B.A.A. Buses

Start Area

Buses from Boston will drop official entrants off at the Athletes' Village, a staging area before the race

Finish Area

Once you cross that famous finish line, learn what to expect after the race.



Catch up on all the latest news with our official participant newsletters.

Official entrants in the Boston Marathon may register for the Team Competition.

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Men's Wheelchair 9:02 a.m. ET
Women's Wheelchair 9:05 a.m. ET
Handcycles & Duos 9:30 a.m. ET
Elite Men 9:37 a.m. ET
Elite Women 9:45 a.m. ET
Para Athletics Divisions 9:50 a.m. ET
Wave One 10:00 a.m. ET
Wave Two 10:25 a.m. ET
Wave Three 10:50 a.m. ET
Wave Four 11:15 a.m. ET

*Start times are subject to change.

  • Elite Start fields are open to athletes who have met the 2020 Olympic Trials Qualifying times (2:19:00 for men and 2:45:00 for women).
  • The B.A.A. has discretion to add athletes to the Elite Men’s and Elite Women’s Start based on the athlete’s performances.
  • Within the Elite Field starts, prize money will be allocated based on gun-time.
  • To inquire about being part of the Elite Men’s or Elite Women’s Start, please email Wayne Levy at
  • Admission to the Boston Marathon Expo
  • Long sleeved tech shirt by adidas
  • Bib number
  • An official result from an electronically recorded official timing system
  • Participant Gear Check bag
  • Boston Marathon Official Program
  • Complimentary ticket for the Pre-Race Dinner, presented by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze
  • Complimentary transportation to the start
  • Access to the Athletes’ Village in Hopkinton, providing entertainment, light refreshments, Poland Spring Natural Spring Water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, ClifBar products, bagels, tenting, and portable toilets.
  • Poland Spring Natural Spring Water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, and Clif Energy Gel along the course
  • Medical facilities along the course and at the finish area
  • Athlete tracking
  • A finisher’s medal upon finishing the marathon (to be considered an official finisher, you must cross the finish line on Boylston Street prior to finish mats being removed)
  • Baggage and dressing area (no showers)
  • Massage
  • Family meeting area
  • Admission to the official Awards Ceremony
  • Complimentary ticket for the Post-Race Party, presented by Samuel Adams
  • Finisher’s certificate (for official finishers only, mailed during the summer)
  • Results book (mailed over the summer)