This year, more than 30,000 runners from around the world will converge on Boston during marathon week, leading up to the 26-mile run at the 121st Boston Marathon beginning at 10 AM on Monday, April 17, 2017.
More than a century old, the usually joyful tradition of community that is the Boston Marathon was marred in 2013 by a terrorist attack with bomb explosions that took place near the finish, resulting in multiple fatalities and dozens injured.
A positive result of the tragedy was how Boston came together in a time of need, and in 2017 the Boston Marathon is back and better than ever!
The Boston Marathon course
Inspired by the marathon at the first Olympic Games in 1896, the city held its first Boston marathon the following year on April 18, 1897 to commemorate the famous 1775 ride of colonial patriot, Paul Revere.
One of the few remaining runs that maintain qualifying times & requirements, the Boston Marathon features an historic course starting on Main Street in rural Hopkinton and winds its way through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley - with an agonizing stretch up Newton's Heartbreak
Hill before finishing in Boston near the John Hancock Tower at Copley Square.
Best viewing in Boston includes locations on Rte. 30, Beacon St., or anywhere along the break-neck chase to the finish on Boylston St.
For the rest of us couch potatoes, live television coverage will be featured on the local CBS station WBZ promising complete wire-to-wire action from 8:30AM to 12:30PM.
Also watch for the official live stream videocast online at http://watchlive.baa.org/ along with
nationwide coverage on cable channel, Universal Sports Network.
Boston Marathon on the Web
Elsewhere on the Web, find out more about the Boston Marathon with links to current news and updates, a virtual tour of the route, plus plenty of background info, and a bit of trivia on the oldest running event in sports history.
Athletic Association - The official sponsor of the Boston Marathon with the latest results & updates, recent photos and galleries of pictures from marathons past, related fun facts, current registration details, info on the Half-Marathon, and
marathon weekend event news..
MarathonGuide.com - Great coverage of the all the major races throughout the year. Check out Boston Marathon results on race day along with feature articles, running calculators and other training advice, community bulletin board.
Heartbreak Hill Striders Running Club - Online community of marathon veterans with an extensive online course featuring interactive training tools and workout schedules, race pace calculator, racetime predictors and related help for hopeful contenders.
Running Past - The 2nd Boston Marathon - Archived report from the old Boston Sunday Journal, with an account of the 1898 race - including pictures of front runners and everybody's favorite marathon factoid - the winner, Ronald MacDonald.