The Boston Athletic Association (the B.A.A.) is partnering with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to ensure that runners and spectators receive important public safety and emergency information in a timely manner. Massachusetts Alerts is a communication tool used by MEMA to disseminate critical information to smartphones. Massachusetts Alerts is powered by a free downloadable application app that is available for Android and iPhones. During the Boston Marathon, MEMA will use Massachusetts Alerts to share important public safety information, including severe weather and emergency information with runners and spectators.
To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app (called Ping4Alerts) onto your Android or IPhone, go to www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp
POLICY FOR SPECTATORS ALONG THE COURSE
While this year's Boston Marathon is expected to draw great interest from the community, leading to more fans and spectators, those interested in attending the race 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 2014 Boston Marathon from anywhere along the 26.2 mile course should expect a significant presence of uniformed and plain clothed police officers. Spectators 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. To avoid delays, spectators are encouraged not to carry any of the items listed below.
Additionally, spectators along the entire race route -- including in Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline and Boston -- are encouraged to carry personal items in clear plastic bags. Using a clear plastic bag to carry personal items will enhance public safety and speed security screening. In all cases, spectators should keep their personal items under their immediate control at all times. Unattended items may cause delays.
The B.A.A. and all public safety agencies supporting the Boston encourage the public to actively participate in the See Something Say Something campaign. Spectators are asked to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious conduct or items to the closest law enforcement officer or by calling 9-1-1.
Spectators along the course 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.
RULES FOR B.A.A. VENUES
The B.A.A. has several official venues, including the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo in Boston, the invitation-only grand stand seating at the Finish Line, the Athletes' Village in Hopkinton, B.A.A. buses/vehicles (from Boston Common to Hopkinton, and shuttle buses within Hopkinton), and several secure spectator viewing areas around the start line in Hopkinton.
Spectators boarding, or on, B.A.A. shuttle buses may carry a clear plastic bag containing personal items. Using a clear plastic bag will enhance public safety and expedite the security screening process. All persons boarding, or on, B.A.A. shuttle buses are subject to security screening by B.A.A. personnel, contracted private security personnel, venue personnel, and law enforcement officers.
In all cases, runners and spectators should keep their personal items under their immediate control at all times. Unattended items may cause delays.
SPECTATORS IN HOPKINTON
Several viewing areas in Hopkinton will have heightened security rules. Spectators entering these areas will be required to pass through security checkpoints and all bags and items being carried will be subject to screening by B.A.A. personnel, contracted private security personnel, venue personnel, and law enforcement officers. Spectators are strongly encouraged to carry personal items in clear plastic bags. Using a clear plastic bag to carry personal items will enhance public safety and speed security screening. In all cases, spectators should keep their personal items under their immediate control at all times. Unattended items may cause delays.
Spectators entering, and in, these viewing areas may not possess any of the following items:
RULES FOR UNAUTHORIZED PARTICIPANTS
For the safety of our participants, spectators, and partners, public safety officials and the B.A.A. strictly prohibit unofficial participation, and those in violation will be subject to interdiction. Those who are not officially registered in the Boston Marathon will not be allowed to participate. We ask official participants to discourage family and friends who are not officially registered participants from entering the course in any manner.
We are aware that many people want to participate in some way in this year's Boston Marathon as a display of support, but we ask that those who are not official participants to refrain from entering the course for the safety of the runners and themselves. There are several other opportunities which enable a show of support for the Boston Marathon, including the B.A.A. 5K on April 19, the Boston Marathon World Run, attending the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo, volunteering, or spectating.
Anyone on the course for any distance who has not been assigned, or is not displaying, an officially issued bib number from the B.A.A. is subject to interdiction. The B.A.A. reserves the right to remove any person from the course who is not displaying an official bib that has been assigned by the B.A.A. Similarly, units or groups such as military ruck-marchers and cyclists, which have sometimes joined on course, will not be allowed to participate.
The historic course starts on Main Street in the rural New England town of Hopkinton and follows Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley to where Route 135 joins Route 16. It continues along Route 16 through Newton Lower Falls, turning right at the fire station onto Commonwealth Avenue, which is Route 30. It follows Commonwealth through the Newton Hills, bearing right at the reservoir onto Chestnut Hill Avenue to Cleveland Circle. The route then turns left onto Beacon Street continuing through Kenmore Square, and under Massachusetts Avenue. The course turns right onto Hereford Street (NOTE: against normal traffic flow) then left onto Boylston Street, finishing near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.
Register for the marathon's AT&T Athlete Alert by simply texting the athlete's Bib Number to 345678. You will receive an alert when the athlete passes the 10K, half-marathon and 30K marks and then when he or she hits the finish line.
Live local coverage on WBZ-TV, or boston.cbslocal.com
Live national coverage on Universal Sports Television Network, as well as live online streaming on www.universalsports.com
Live web coverage on www.baa.org
No. of Entrants
|Mobility Impaired||8:50 a.m.||6|
|Wheelchair Division||9:17 a.m.||30|
|Elite Women||9:32 a.m.||50|
|Elite Men & Wave One||10:00 a.m.||9000|
|Wave Two||10:25 a.m.||9000|
|Wave Three||11:00 a.m.||9000|
|Wave Four||11:25 a.m.||9000|
|Start||Main St. Hopkinton||9:17 a.m.||9:17 a.m.||9:32 a.m.||10:00 a.m.|
|5K||Rt. 135, Ashland||9:26 a.m.||9:26 a.m.||9:49 a.m.||10:15 a.m.|
|10K||Rt. 135, Framingham||9:36 a.m.||9:38 a.m.||10:06 a.m.||10:30 a.m.|
|15K||Rt. 135, Natick||9:47 a.m.||9:50 a.m.||10:22 a.m.||10:46 a.m.|
|20K||Rt. 135, Wellesley||9:57 a.m.||10:02 a.m.||10:39 a.m.||11:01 a.m.|
|Half||Rt. 135, Wellesley||9:59 a.m.||10:04 a.m.||10:42 a.m.||11:04 a.m.|
|25K||Rt. 16, Wellesley||10:07 a.m.||10:14 a.m.||10:57 a.m.||11:16 a.m.|
|30K||Rt. 30, Newton||10:17 a.m.||10:26 a.m.||11:14 a.m.||11:31 a.m.|
|35K||Rt. 30, Boston||10:27 a.m.||10:38 a.m.||11:31 a.m.||11:47 a.m.|
|40K||Beacon St., Boston||10:36 a.m.||10:49 a.m.||11:48 a.m.||12:02 p.m.|
|Finish||Boylston St., Boston||10:41 a.m.||10:55 a.m.||11:56 a.m.||12:08 p.m.|
|*All times approximate.|
|Town/City||Roads Close||Roads Open|
|Hopkinton||7:00 a.m.||2:00 p.m.|
|Ashland||7:00 a.m.||2:15 p.m.|
|Framingham||8:30 a.m.||2:45 p.m.|
|Natick||8:30 a.m.||3:15 p.m.|
|Wellesley||8:30 a.m.||3:45 p.m.|
|Newton||8:45 a.m.||4:45 p.m.|
|Brookline||9:15 a.m.||5:45 p.m.|
*all times are approximate.
The Boston Marathon uses a computer chip timing device as the primary method of scoring the race. The B.A.A. tracks every athlete at each 5 kilometer checkpoint. Family and friends can track the progress of their favorite runners by entering the name and/or bib number of the entrant(s) here.
On-street parking in Boston's Back Bay is extremely limited during race week. There are a number of parking garages in the area; however, public transportation is strongly encouraged.
Parking meters are not active on Patriots' Day; however, due to road closures and traffic congestion, spectators will be unable to drive near the finish area.
Garage @ 100 Clarendon
Park just steps away from the Boston Marathon at the Garage @ 100 Clarendon. Located one block from the finish line, Garage @ 100 Clarendon is proud to be the Official Parking Garage of the Boston Marathon. Garage @ 100 Clarendon is the Back Bay and South End's most affordable and conveniently located parking facility. Positioned above the Massachusetts Turnpike and next door to Back Bay Rail Station, this full service parking facility offers flexible parking services with unmatched customer service. Stay, Park & Save - Stay at any Boston hotel and receive discounted parking at Garage @ 100 Clarendon. Visit www.100clarendon.com for more information on Marathon Day Parking, Hotel Parking, and all other parking services.
The final 100 meters of the race is lined with bleacher seating. However, this area is reserved for race officials and invited guests. The Charles River (north) side of Boylston Street is open to the general public, and many fans arrive at the finish area in the early hours of the morning to secure the best viewing area. Spectators planning to view the race from this area should plan accordingly, and be aware of the many parking restrictions. A viewing area for persons with disabilities is located at the corner of Hereford and Boylston Streets. This area is adjacent to the Boston EMS Medical Tent and the fire station. Principal race sponsor John Hancock furnishes the finish area with a large video monitor, enabling spectators to watch a broadcast of the race while they await the arrival of all the finishers. The screen is located on Boylston Street at the intersection of Exeter Street, opposite the Boston Public Library.
There are a few changes to the finish area this year. The B.A.A. will offer the opportunity to exit the secure finish area at three locations prior to Arlington Street. Participants who choose NOT to check gear at Boston Common will have the option of leaving the secure finish area early to meet with family and friends.
The order of our finish area services has also been modified. Finishers will receive:
The Family Meeting Area is located on St. James Avenue and Stuart Street, from Berkeley Street to Clarendon Street. Alphabetically-lettered and posted signs enable parties to meet at the sign with the first letter of the athlete's last name. Families, friends and athletes are urged to MAKE PLANS PRIOR TO RACE DAY on exactly where to reunite. You are urged to reunite in the Family Meeting Area; if you choose to meet elsewhere in the Boylston Street area be sure to check whether that location will be accessible on race day! You will not be able to drive near the finish. Also, please remember that it may take your athlete considerable time after crossing the finish line to meet you. Post-race, athletes are getting fluids and refreshments, gathering belongings, collecting their medals, and receiving massages. So, please be patient.