Since 2005, thousands of United States armed forces personnel stationed overseas have participated in “shadow” versions of the Boston Marathon, running the marathon distance on or around Patriots’ Day. Whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, or on a ship at sea, the B.A.A. has proudly provided Boston Marathon start and finish banners, bibs, tee shirts, medals, and finisher certificates for participants in these shadow marathons.

If you would like to host a shadow run at a military base for a future Boston Marathon, please e-mail the B.A.A. at