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It’s Marathon Monday next week! I have the pleasure of living
along the marathon route and it always feel like the running of the Boston Marathon
is the unofficial start of Spring. Unfortunelty, the weather doesn’t always
agree with me!  I’ve compiled some
information for you that may help you celebrate the runners in your own way!

Route and Road closings 

The biggest question I hear is “ When do I need to leave for
work if I live on the route? “

Hopkinton: 7am-1:30pm
Ashland: 7:15am-1:45pm
Framingham: 8:30am-2:15pm
Natick: 8:30am-2:15pm
Wellesley: 8:30am-3:15pm
Newton: 8am-4:15pm
Brookline: 9am-5:15pm
Boston: Variable-6:30pm

What time does the race start?

Different athletes start at different times. The first batch
head off at 8:40 a.m., and the final wave starts at 11:15 a.m.

  • Mobility
    Impaired: 8:40 a.m.
  • Men’s
    Push-Rim Wheelchair: 9:02 a.m.
  • Women’s
    Push-Rim Wheelchair: 9:04 a.m.
  • Handcycles
    and Duos: 9:25 a.m.
  • Elite
    Women: 9:32 a.m.
  • Elite
    Men: 10 a.m.
  • Wave
    One: 10:02 a.m.
  • Wave
    Two: 10:25 a.m.
  • Wave
    Three: 10:50 a.m.
  • Wave
    Four: 11:15 a.m.

Looking for best times to watch the runners? The BAA has a
great chart waiting for you!

What about security while I’m watching? How can I make
things easier for everyone?

The Mass Emergency Management Director Kurt Schwartz asked
that spectators use “simple common sense guidelines,” meaning they
should not bring backpacks, roller bags, coolers, over the shoulder bags, no
glass bottles or containers that could hold more than 1 liter.

“Please do not bring sticks, polls, signs, props, or
any weapon or any item that might be used as a weapon,” he said, asking
people if they had to carry anything to do so in a clear plastic bag. Drones
will not be permitted along the course, he said, but noted that there will be
three tethered security drones, two in Hopkinton and one in Natick flying about
400 feet supporting public safety.

How can I track a

If you’re keeping your eyes peeled for a specific runner,
you can track them via the BAA website or free app. You can also sign up for text alerts, which beats running alongside them the entire

Don’t want to wait
for Monday to join in the festivities?

Head down to the Marathon Expo! You’ll find everything from
vendors selling new sneaks to talks by past marathon winners. Located at the
Hynes Convention Center.

  • Friday,
    April 12, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday,
    April 13, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday,
    April 14, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Learn more about the Boston Marathon Expo.


The Boston Marathon Fan
 will be located at Copley Square just steps from the finish line
and feature experiences with official Boston Marathon sponsors, live music,
returning champions and a race weekend clinic.

  • Friday,
    April 12, 12:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday,
    April 13, 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday,
    April 14, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Caren Mulcunry

Caren Mulcunry

As a resident of several MetroWest communities over the past 22 years, I bring a knowledge of the area and an enthusiasm for all things home related! Fixing your existing home? Need decorating advice? Looking for cool stuff to do in your community? Looking to buy or sell real estate? I would be honored to help you with any and all of those questions!