Competing in the Boston Marathon wouldn’t be complete without the endless support of friends, family, and complete strangers along the way.
- There is ample space every mile from Hopkinton to Boston for fans to gather and cheer on your journey to Boylston Street.
- Some of the most famous spots are the Wellesley Scream Tunnel just before halfway; Heartbreak Hill in Newton around Boston College; and the final stretch on Boylston Street before the finish.
- Here are three tips for spectators to get the most out of their viewing experience:
- Sign up for AT&T Athlete Alerts for runners you want to spot on the course.
- Plan ahead where to go. The MBTA is a good way to get around the course and is your best bet for seeing runners at multiple spots. More information: http://www.mbta.com.
- Know your runner's start wave, corral, and bib number.
Optimal Viewing Times*
|SPLIT||LOCATION||LEAD MEN (W)*||LEAD WOMEN (W)*||LEAD WOMEN||LEAD MEN|
|Start||Main St. Hopkinton||9:02 a.m.||9:04 a.m.||9:32 a.m.||10:00 a.m.|
|5K||Rt. 135, Ashland||9:11 a.m.||9:13 a.m.||9:49 a.m.||10:15 a.m.|
|10K||Rt. 135, Framingham||9:21 a.m.||9:25 a.m.||10:06 a.m.||10:30 a.m.|
|15K||Rt. 135, Natick||9:32 a.m.||9:37 a.m.||10:22 a.m.||10:46 a.m.|
|20K||Rt. 135, Wellesley||9:42 a.m.||9:49 a.m.||10:39 a.m.||11:01 a.m.|
|Half||Rt. 135, Wellesley||9:47 a.m.||9:51 a.m.||10:42 a.m.||11:04 a.m.|
|25K||Rt. 16, Wellesley||9:52 a.m.||10:01 a.m.||10:57 a.m.||11:16 a.m.|
|30K||Rt. 30, Newton||10:02 a.m.||10:13 a.m.||11:14 a.m.||11:31 a.m.|
|35K||Rt. 30, Boston||10:12 a.m.||10:25 a.m.||11:31 a.m.||11:47 a.m.|
|40K||Beacon St., Boston||10:21 a.m.||10:36 a.m.||11:48 a.m.||12:02 p.m.|
|FINISH||Boylston St., Boston||10:36 a.m.||10:42 a.m.||11:56 a.m.||12:08 p.m.|
*All times above are approximate
** (W) = Push rim wheelchair athletes
- Those interested in attending the race this year are also being asked for their cooperation in following reasonable and common-sense guidelines that will help ensure the safety and security of participants, volunteers and spectators.
- Spectators intending on watching the Boston Marathon from anywhere along the 26.2-mile course should expect a significant presence of uniformed and plain clothed police officers.
- Spectators entering official B.A.A. event venues, approaching viewing areas on the course, or in viewing areas on the course, may be asked to pass through security checkpoints, and law enforcement officers or contracted private security personnel may ask to inspect bags and other items being carried.
- Spectators along the course, or within any official B.A.A. venue are discouraged from possessing any of the items listed below.
- Possession of any of these items may result in delays when passing through security checkpoints and enhanced screening:
- Weapons or items of any kind that may be used as weapons, including firearms, knives, mace, etc.
- Backpacks or any similar item carried over the shoulder.
- Suitcases and rolling bags/rollers.
- Glass containers or cans.
- Flammable liquids, fuels, fireworks or explosives.
- Any container capable of carrying more than 1 liter of liquid.
- Handbags or packages or bulky items larger than 12 inches x 12 inches x 6 inches.
- Large blankets/comforters, duvets, sleeping bags.
- Costumes covering the face or any non-form fitting, bulky outfits extending beyond the perimeter of the body.
- Props (including sporting equipment and military and fire gear).
- In addition, public safety officials are asking the public to assist in creating a No-Drone Zone along the entire course at this year's Boston Marathon. The use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) anywhere in the area of the course, including above runners and spectators, is strongly discouraged.