In the sections below you will find information about your participation in the 2014 Boston Marathon. If you have any questions about the event, please look at our website and our FAQ section at www.baa.org. Or, connect with us on social media at facebook.com/thebostonmarathon and twitter.com/bostonmarathon

We wish you the best of luck as your training continues. 

The B.A.A.



The B.A.A. and public safety officials from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the 26.2-mile course are asking official participants to comply with new security policies, including a no-bag policy. No bags will be allowed in certain areas at or near the start in Hopkinton, at or near the finish in Boston, or along the course. Bags will not be allowed on buses from Boston to Hopkinton, and bags will not be transported from Hopkinton back to Boston. At the conclusion of the race and new for 2014, the B.A.A. will provide participants with a Heatsheet® Warmth Retention Cape for warmth.


A gear check opportunity on Boston Common will be available on the morning of the Boston Marathon, allowing official participants to have a change of clothing (shoes, pants, shirt, jacket) at the conclusion of the race. The bag to be used for this purpose will be provided at Number Pick-up by the B.A.A. Only this B.A.A.-provided, clear, plastic bag can be used for this purpose. No other bags will be accepted. Any items that participants would like to have at the conclusion of the race must be placed inside the clear, plastic bag that the B.A.A. will provide. Participants must leave this clear, plastic bag at the gear check area on Boston Common prior to boarding the B.A.A. shuttle bus to the start in Hopkinton.


 While this year's Boston Marathon is expected to draw great interest from the community, leading to more fans and spectators, those interested in attending the race are also being asked for their cooperation in following reasonable and common sense guidelines that will help ensure the safety and security of participants, volunteers and spectators. 

Spectators intending on watching the 2014 Boston Marathon from anywhere along the 26.2 mile course should expect a significant presence of uniformed and plain clothed police officers. Spectators approaching viewing areas on the course, or in viewing areas on the course, may be asked to pass through security checkpoints, and law enforcement officers or contracted private security personnel may ask to inspect bags and other items being carried. To avoid delays, spectators are encouraged not to carry any of the items listed below. 

Additionally, spectators along the entire race route - including in Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline and Boston -- are encouraged to carry personal items in clear plastic bags. Using a clear plastic bag to carry personal items will enhance public safety and speed security screening. In all cases, spectators should keep their personal items under their immediate control at all times. Unattended items may cause delays.




John B. Hynes Convention Center   |   900 Boylston Street, Boston

Friday, April 18, 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 19, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  


The 37th annual John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo features more than 200 exhibitors and is widely regarded as the running industry's premier showcase for new products, services, and events. Admission is free and courtesy of John Hancock, Conventures, Inc., and the B.A.A.



New for the 2014 Boston Marathon, we are requiring that all participants claim their own bib number at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo during normal expo hours. Friends or family will not be allowed to claim your bib number for you. Your bib number may not be altered or copied in any way and may not be transferred to another participant or another B.A.A. event. Absolutely no marathon bib numbers will be available for pick-up on race day, Monday, April 21. Runners' T-shirts will be packed into your race packet.


For more information on the 2014 John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo, and Runner Pick up, click below:


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Official start times for Marathon Monday are now available. You can also view a detailed map of the finish line area, as well as Boston Common, where runners check gear, board buses to Hopkinton, and retrieve gear after the race.


For more information on start times and the Boston Marathon Finish area, click below:






Boston Common, Boston   |   Monday, April 21   |   6:15 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
  • The recommended way to get to the start line in Hopkinton on race morning is by using the official B.A.A. buses between 6:15 a.m. and 9:20 a.m.
  • Bus loading will take place at the Tremont Street side of Boston Common in Boston's Back Bay, and is based on your start time. 
  • Transportation to the start is for official runners only.
  • Each runner must show his/her bib number upon boarding.
  • We are not able to provide transportation to the start for family or friends.
For more information on transportation to the start line, click below:






City Hall Plaza, Boston   |   Sunday, April 20   |   4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


The official Boston Marathon Pre-Race Dinner, compliments of the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), is the place to dine and mingle with fellow runners from around the world on the night before the race. Thousands of participants will enjoy a delicious buffet style dinner at this festive event, which will include products from our sponsors and contributors. There will be music and entertainment, including an official greeting from the Mayor of Boston, B.A.A. officials, and past champions of the Boston Marathon. A complimentary ticket is included in every participant's Runner Passport®.


For more information on the Pre-Race Pasta Dinner, click below:


 MORE INFORMATION - click here  




BOSTON MARATHON MILE 27 - Official post-race party presented by Samuel Adams


House of Blues, Boston   |   Monday, April 21   |   7:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.


Boston Marathon Mile 27: The Official Post-Race Party, presented by Samuel Adams will feature a range of Samuel Adams products, including the official beer of the Boston Marathon, 26.2 Boston Brew, on tap. Complimentary light dinner fare will be available while supplies last, a re-broadcast of the day's race will air on large screens, and the day's winners and top finishers will be presented to the crowds. A live DJ will pick up the beat after 10:00 p.m., and a complimentary ticket is included in every participant's Runner Passport®.


For more information on the Post-Race Party, click below:


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Elite American marathoner Desiree (nee' Davila) Linden returns to Boston again ready to race and seek the title. In 2011, she narrowly missed the win by two seconds, as she set a 2:22:38 American course record on the historic Boston course.

Linden recently spent time in Kenya training with the best marathon runners in the world and sent this blog to inspire all of you as you continue your journey to the starting line.


"Training in Kenya was a reminder to truly live, to take chances and to step outside the comfort zone...Improvement happens when we watch ourselves fail and then learn from it. Putting myself out there, getting in deep, and struggling by being surrounded by far superior athletes has not only helped me improve and challenge my thresholds, it's been eye opening about where those thresholds really lie-often times far beyond where I initially thought..." 


Read more at Go the Extra Mile

Desiree Linden: Stepping Outside the Comfort Zone - click here


John Hancock and the Boston community encourage the rest of the world to join the conversation as #WeRunTogether toward the 2014 Boston Marathon - click here



This is the third year that Samuel Adams is a proud sponsor of the Boston Marathon, and for the third year in a row we are brewing a commemorative beer for the race - Boston 26.2 Brew - to toast the runners and spectators. 


Last year, following the events that took place on race day, we committed to donating all of the profits from the sale of the beer to support the survivors and their families.  This year, we are continuing that commitment and again will donate all profits from the sale of Boston 26.2 Brew for the ongoing needs of the survivors and their families. 


This year is especially meaningful, as we hosted some of the families that had been impacted by the events, at our Boston Brewery, to brew one of the first batches of Boston 26.2 Brew. It was an honor for everyone to come together to brew this special beer and was really a fun and memorable day. 


Samuel Adams is proud to be a part of the Boston community and knows this this year will be the biggest and most meaningful marathon the city of Boston has ever seen.  We look forward to raising a pint and celebrating the runners, spectators and all Bostonians on this momentous day.

To learn more about the special Boston 26.2 Brew and a list of where it is being poured visit the Samuel Adams blog: click here

Introducing the Official Boston Marathon Collection

For the first time in history, your favorite ProForm® Boston Marathon Treadmill features are available in a complete lineup. Choose from three levels of high-tech, comfort-driven, and advanced specifications-for every budget. Train for Boston. Run for Boston.


Accelerate: SpeedRing™

Fast, Faster, Fastest Ever

Adjust your speed without breaking stride with the innovative SpeedRing™ technology conveniently worn on your finger. Using Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, you can safely pick up the pace hands-free. And our top speed of 15 mph means the fastest runners in the world train with ProForm. (Available on the 4.0)


Visualize: HD Workouts

Scope It Out

Condition for the historic marathon using our high definition video workouts of the actual Boston race course. See race-day video and track your marathon training progress on Google Maps™ Street View via the 10-inch touchscreen tablet.


Strengthen: Incline & Decline

Instant Control

The Official Boston Marathon® Treadmill Collection delivers realistic training with 20 percent incline and 6 percent decline capability. With a simple swipe of your finger, instantly adjust the grade to burn more calories and build greater endurance with Quick Incline™ and Quick Decline™.


Train: iFit® Enabled

Global Training

Our industry-leading iFit® technology takes you anywhere in the world when 

you draw a route on the console's touchscreen. Tapping into Google Maps™, this exclusive treadmill automatically simulates every hill and dip on your route. iFit® then tracks your workout stats online so you can redefine your personal best.


Find the Official Boston Marathon Treadmill that matches your needs and budget at proform.com.


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Offer good through 04/21/14.