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 123rd Boston Marathon beginning at 9 AM on Monday, April 15, 2019.
What sets the Boston Marathon apart from other big urban foot races is that not just anybody can enter. Runners must submit proof of qualifying times from another marathon, and there are other criteria that must be met before competing in the big leagues. C'mon, this is Boston!
Along with admiring the runners speed and endurance, celebrity spotting is a big part of the fun on race day. Watch for the 2019 Boston Marathon to feature famous names like NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson (in his first ever Boston Marthon run), along with former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, and Jared and Genevieve Padalecki, the husband and wife team who are both known for their roles on Supernatural.
The Boston Marathon course
Inspired by the marathon at the first Olympic Games in 1896, the city held its first Boston marathon 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 (one of the steepest inclines in any major marathon) 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. The general rule of thumb is that, the nearer to Boston, the bigger the crowds - and the more amplified the energy and excitment!
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 NBCSN.
DID YOU KNOW?
Boston Marathon fun facts
500,000-plus spectactors make
the marathon in
one of the best-attended in the nation.
• More than 500,000 spectators (or about 80 percent of Boston's population) line the course each year making it one of the USA's best-attended marathons.
• Even celebrities who run in Boston have to meet strict rules for qualifying. Some of them have included Will Ferrell, Valerie Bertinelli, and Lance Armstrong.
• While Heartbreak Hill - at 263 feet above sea level - is the most infamous stretch in the marathon, it isn't really the highest point. That honor belongs to the starting line in Hopkinton - at 463 feet above sea level. But Heartbreak Hill comes late in the race as endurance levels almost hit bottom.
• $150,000 in prize money goes to both the men's and women's winners. Second place finishers gets $75,000.
• Two terrorist bombs that detonated near the finish line in 2013 took three lives and injured more than 260 athletes and spectators. Undaunted, the city hosted its historic marathon the following year with thousands of spectators coming out in force under the banner "Boston Strong".
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.