The 2019 Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, April 15th 2019. Below is the course map. For race highlights, including places to eat, things to see and do while in Boston for the marathon, please check out these posts in my blog: Boston Marathon Travel Tips & Highlights of the Tokyo, Boston & London Marathons. This was my last World Marathon Majors race. Read my post 10 Things I Did to Qualify for the Boston Marathon and A Letter from Hopkinton.
If you want to know your chances of getting into the Boston Marathon, read this by the Boston Athletic Association. If you're interested in running the Boston Marathon and have questions about the process, read my article titled How to Get Into an Abbott World Marathon Major.
Last year 2 friends of mine ran the Boston Marathon. Team Kevin is a duo mobility impaired team that ran for the Team MR8 charity. Read my interview with Team Kevin and their inspiring story! (Picture below)
HIstory of the Boston Marathon
Taken from the Abbott World Marathon Majors website:
Inspired by their experience at the 1896 Olympic Games, several members of the Boston Athletic Association founded their own marathon in 1897. The race has been run every year since (though the 1918 edition featured a military relay rather than an individual race) and is now the world's oldest annual marathon. Both the start and finish lines have been moved over the years, but much of the original course remains exactly as it was originally designed. Since 1924 the race has begun in the town of Hopkinton, and from there the point-to-point course descends through Ashland, Framingham, Natick and Wellesley. Upon entering Newton, the course gradually rises to the famous Heartbreak Hill. As runners reach the top, they can see downtown Boston for the first time, four miles in the distance. After running through Brookline, the course enters Boston where it finishes on historic Boylston Street. Runners must qualify for entry by meeting time standards corresponding to gender and age, which is another aspect – besides its course and longevity – unique to the Boston Marathon. Visit baa.org for more information.
Capacity Largest Field Estimated Spectators Prize Purse Official Charities
30,000 35,868 - 1996 500,000 $806,000 * 27
Last year (2016) I watched the Boston Marathon from mile 14. I wrote a post about my experience. Check it out!
I qualified for the Boston Marathon when I ran the Steamtown Marathon in 2016. I wrote a popular article about how I got faster and eventually qualified. I am not a fast runner by any means! My first marathon I ran in 5 hours 48 minutes! Slowly but surely I got faster and eventually ran a BQ.