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Race Dates

2018: Monday, April 16, 2018
2017: Monday, April 17, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 49°F (9°C)
Average High: 57°F (13°C)
Average Low: 41° F (5°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.62
Course Score: 99.62

Race Size

2017: 26,411 Finishers
2016: 26,629 Finishers
2015: 26,598 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 30.3%
2016: 33.6%
2015: 48%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The legendary Boston Marathon course follows a point-to-point route from rural Hopkinton to Boston and is certified per the guidelines set forth by the IAAF and USA Track and Field.

If run wisely and with patience, the course can be very fast. However, many runners who are aggressive in the early downhill miles may struggle once they reach the Newton Hills and/or the downhill/flat last 10K.


Marathon Rankings

The Boston Marathon was the 3rd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 3rd largest in 2015.

This year 30.3% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 33.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Boston Marathon the 7th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 16th highest percentage so far in 2017.


Its Course Score of 99.62 ranks it as the 69th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Massachusetts.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Boston Marathon a PR Score of 99.62. This PR Score ranks it as the 50th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Massachusetts.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 470 feet (143m)
Min Elevation: 10 feet (3m)

Boston




Recent Boston Marathon Reviews

4.9 Stars from 35 Reviews
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review of 2017 Boston Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great crowd support, great course, challenging, bucket list race

Race Tips

Go slow 1st half

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay in Airbnb , take the runners bus to the start



review of 2017 Boston Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

The crowd support was outstanding. Just being in Boston was a fun experience. The Expo is huge and has so many vendors for runners. The runners wore their jackets, shirts and medals all over town. Runner complimented each other over finishing, which was unusual. The Boston people welcome the runners into town. The race is pretty expensive with hefty hotel charges. Many more details to manage than a local course.

Race Tips

Boston's course is famous for the Newton Hills and Heartbreak, living up to the expectation. Make sure you train on uphills and downhills. The downhills are hard on the quads. The temps in Boston for race day can be higher so make sure you try to acclimate as much as possible. The race starts at later morning so practice fueling before long runs. Bring clothes to wear for cold or warm temps.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

We worked with Marathon Travel to find a hotel and it went smoothly. I would try to book as close to the finish line as possible. We stayed at the Boston Park Plaza and it was okay for the price. The area of Boylston Street has many restaurants and runners are at the sport stores and finish area for photos. Took a travel bus to the starting line and I recommend that. We could stay in a comfortable seat and rest for the race.



review of 2017 Boston Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

What's not to like? It's the Boston Marathon! Great crowds from Hopkinton to Boston. It's definitely an experience of a lifetime.

Race Tips

I would recommend you get into town on Friday and take it all in. Watch the 5K on Saturday, run shakeouts on the river, shop at the expo, visit Hopkinton and drive the course. On race day, be prepared for a long bus ride from Boston to Hopkinton. Be prepared to wait around in the athlete village and corrals for a while. The downhills in the first half really take a toll on you. Be prepared for massive soreness in your quads for several days to a week after the race.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I think the Back Bay neighborhood is the best area to stay since you're close to the action during the weekend and near the finish line on Monday. Book your hotel as early as possible!



review of 2017 Boston Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

The energy in Boston is amazing. I did not like the amount of trash on the course.

Race Tips

You need to stay downtown. It's impossible to stick to a pacing strategy at the start due to crowding. ,

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2017 Boston Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review


Race Tips


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




Finish Time Equivalent

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