Dating back to 1897, the Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon and one of the most prestigious and toughest races in the world. Attracting 30,000 participants from more than 100 countries, professionals, and amateur runners compete while one million spectators cheer them on across the vibrant neighborhoods of Boston.
Every year on the third Monday in April, the energy and excitement in Boston becomes palatable as runners get ready to push themselves to the limit. Don't miss a chance to be a part of this amazing event, whether as a runner, a volunteer, or a cheering section. Experience the spirit of Boston as runners cross the finish line near Copley Square in the Back Bay.
Discover everything you need to know about the Boston Marathon, including why it's called the Patriot's Day Race best places to watch along the route from our local expert at the Revere Hotel Boston Common.
Why the Boston Marathon is Called the Patriot's Day Race
On the third Monday in April, the city of Boston celebrates Patriot's Day to commemorate the start of the American Revolution and honor America's democratic republic. The Boston Marathon symbolizes the strength, tenacity and uphill battles faced in our fight for freedom and the patriotic spirit that endures.
What Makes the Boston Marathon Route So Unique
From Hopkinton to Boylston Street at the finish line near Copley Square, this 26.2-mile race winds through eight cities and towns. While it isn't flat, the route passes through Boston's most historic neighborhoods and some legendary sights. From mile 17.5 to 20, runners face the four Newton Hills, with steep lung crushing inclines, leg punishing declines, and Heartbreak Hill at the end.
Boston Marathon Start Times
The Boston Marathon begins with a 6:00 AM Military March. Men's and women's wheelchairs are at 9:02AM and 9:05AM. Handcycles/duos start at 9:30AM. Professional men and women are at 9:37AM and 9:47AM. Para Athletics begin at 9:50AM followed by the final four waves leaving at 10:00AM, 10:25AM, 10:50AM, and 11:15AM.
Best Places to Watch the Boston Marathon
Snippet (this can be snippet + bullets): The Boston Marathon route is filled with energetic fans, eating, drinking, and cheering on the racers. Where you watch is up to you. The loudest spot is Scream Tunnel near Wellesley College. The most sparce is Coolidge Corner. And the place where runners need the most encouragement is Heartbreak Hill. But there's nothing as exciting as the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay district.
Make the Revere Hotel Your Boston Marathon Home
The Boston Marathon, with its rich history and symbolic connection to freedom, is unforgettable, so why not experience it from one of Boston's most unforgettable hotels? Absorb the sights and sounds of Boston's Back Bay neighborhood in the luxury of the Revere Hotel Boston Common. Designed with your relaxation in mind, our stunning rooms and suites put you within a few blocks of the finish line and the best places to watch the race.
Exuding a rebellious and patriot spirit, the Revere offers a rooftop bar with beautiful skyline views and a modern tavern-style restaurant called Rebel's Guild – the perfect place to raise a pint and relax after the marathon.
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