excessive enthusiasm encouraged

Whether you're racing the event or watching it, there will be some strong emotions. The Boston Marathon is as much a spectator sport as it is a competition.

excessive enthusiasm encouraged

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Those interested in attending the race this year are asked to help ensure the safety and security of participants, volunteers and spectators.

There are many ways to follow the race. WBZ covers the event locally, and NBC Sports Network covers it nationally.

Read great stories, get up-to-the-minute information, and see photos and videos from the most prestigious race on earth.

With more than 26 miles of race course, there are lots of viewing options. Here are some basic details.