Show your support or get your running shoes on at the 120th Boston Marathon.
- When? 16th April 2018
- Where? Hopkinton to Boston
- Price: Registration for 2017's race is now closed.
If you've ever dreamt of being in a boy band (screaming fans, 'kiss me' signs and t-shirts with your face on them) but lack the vocal talent, consider this: a staggering 90 percent of the city's population turn out to cheer and support runners at the annual Boston Marathon.
The Boston Marathon is a big deal and even more so this year as it celebrates its 120th birthday. Coinciding with Patriots' Day public holiday, the city is taken over by marathon madness, with sports games, events and a festival atmosphere. The main 26.2 mile race is held on Monday with the build up beginning the weekend before. Around 30,000 runners and 8,000 volunteers take part, making it one of the biggest in the world.
Along the way, over half a million Bostonians take to the streets, shouting their support and waving banners for friends, family and strangers along the way. A notable passing point is Wellesley College for Girls; ear plugs at the ready, the girls' supportive cheers have resulted in runners nicknaming this stretch Scream Tunnel.
Although the first male and first female to cross the finishing line each receives $150,000, the Boston Marathon isn't really about the winning. All sorts of people take part (in 2012 an 81 year old finished in just over five and a half hours) and the vibe for both runners and spectators is very inclusive. When you plan a trip to coincide with the marathon you'll get a chance to see Boston warm-heartedness at its finest.
If you have taken part then join the rest of the runners after as they descend for Monday's Post-Race Party with free food, beer and the chance to be a celebrity for the night. You might not have made it into One Direction but people will certainly want to 'Kiss You'.
- Get there: Public transport is recommended on race day as there is limited parking. B.A.A buses will also be on hand to transport runners.
- Stay: Whilst you could stay in Hopkinton to be close to the starting line, it is probably better to stay in Boston and travel. Pick accommodation downtown.
Find more information about the Boston Marathon (including registration dates) at baa.org.
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