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A million spectators are expected to line the 26.2 mile course from Hopkinton to Boston to cheer on the second-largest field of runners in the Boston Marathon's 118-year history.
The Boston Athletic Association, along with cities and towns along the route, have put in place new security measures this year. Here's what you need to know, from street and MBTA station closures to items prohibited for spectators. For more information, check out the BAA's official spectator guide.
Roads will close in Hopkinton at 7 a.m. on race day, and parking will be restricted on many streets. Limited parking is available at Hopkinton State Park and at the Industrial Park on South Street. If you can get a spot, shuttle buses will take you to Hopkinton Center. Check out this notice from the town of Hopkinton for more information. (Runners looking to get to the starting line should check out the BAA's information for runners.)
Parking will be restricted on many streets throughout downtown Boston on race day, and with streets around the course closed to drivers, using public transportation is your best bet.
Most subway and commuter rail lines will be operating on a regular weekday schedule, including rush-hour service before and after the race. Still, a few stations will be closed and many bus routes around the course will be diverted. No bikes will be allowed on MBTA vehicles throughout the day. Check the MBTA's website for more specific information.
Copley - Green Line (all day)
Arlington - Green Line (all day)
South Street - Green B Line (10 a.m. to approx. 6 p.m.)
Kent Street - Green C Line (10 a.m. to approx. 6 p.m.)
St. Mary's Street - Green C Line (10 a.m. to approx. 6 p.m.)
Boston parking meters are not in effect on race day, but parking will be largely restricted around the course and many roads will be closed to drivers. Be sure to check the city's traffic advisory before heading in. If you decide to drive, the BAA has some recommended parking garages:
- 100 Clarendon Street Garage
- Prudential Center Parking (Huntington Avenue)
- Copley Place Parking (2 Copley Place)
- Boston Common Garage (Charles Street)
There are a number of great viewing locations between the start and finish, many of them accessible by public transportation:
*Stations are within one mile of the course
In the wake of the bombing at the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, public safety officials have put in place new security measures. Spectators are asked to carry any personal items in clear plastic bags and are discouraged from bringing any backpacks or other large bags with them to the course. Spectators entering particularly crowded viewing areas may have to pass through security checkpoints. The following items are prohibited:
Due to increased security, the BAA has said they will be very strict about unauthorized runners. Anyone on any part of the course without an official bib will be subject to interdiction.
You can track runners two ways:
WBZ-TV will have live coverage of the Boston Marathon. BAA.org will host live online coverage.