2014 Boston Marathon Mile Guide
Runners and spectators, follow these game plans to have the best Boston Marathon experience ever.
Game Plan: The Finish Line
All eyes will be on Boylston Street this year, and there’s no better place to celebrate our resilience. —Janelle Nanos
What to Pack
Nothing. Lightening your load will make it easier on you (and the police), says Tom Meagher, the Boston Marathon’s finish-line coordinator.
How to Get There
The Copley T station is closed on Patriot’s Day, so opt for the Arlington, Mass. Ave., or Hynes Convention Center stops to get near the finish.
When to Arrive
As early as possible. With heightened security and twice as many spectators as usual anticipated along the route, getting a prime spot will be tougher than ever.
Where to Sit/Stand
The south side of Boylston Street is slightly wider, making it easier to maneuver through the crowds—and enjoy a little elbow room once you do find a place to stand.
Where to Eat
Forum was hit hard last year, but it’s back in 2014 with a remodeled space and a menu for the whole family.
Where to Drink
The Pour House opens its doors at 7 a.m., serving the most dedicated spectators their Marathon Monday mimosas.
The Prudential Center’s stalls are far cleaner than any port-a-john.
Tissues and waterproof mascara, as the finish line promises to evoke an array of emotions.
We asked 78 past and present Boston Marathon participants for the inside track on their race experiences.
“Stop running.” —Rob Brecher, 31, Newton
“High-five and hug somebody. Likely the first person I see. Even if I don’t know them.” —Vincenzo DiGirolamo, 29, Charlestown
Catch a Glimpse of Your Favorite Marathoners in Action at the Finish Line
• Wheelchair Division Men: 10:43 a.m.
• Wheelchair Division Women: 11:02 a.m.
• Elite Women: 11:58 a.m.
• Elite Men: 12:10 p.m.
• Your Friend (assuming a 9:30 pace): 2:59 p.m.
(Calculations based on 2014 starting times and the pace of last year’s top finishers.)