Pro Tips for Boston Marathon Spectators

Learn how to cheer, how to hand off water, and what to stock in your Solo cup. For more, check out our mile guide to the 2014 Boston Marathon.

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Beat the Bonk

We, as spectators, have a very important job to do: get runners to the finish line. But what to do when they look like they’re about to hit the wall?

How to Hand Off H2O to a Runner

Lauren Jones, station lead of the BAA’s 25-mile hydration station, and Chris Chesmore, a longtime race-day volunteer, show us the pro way to help hydrate racers on Marathon Monday.

Make Some Noise

Choose an instrument wisely to ensure your runner hears you above the din.

Going Solo

Before you dismiss the red plastic cup as a vestige of college parties past, consider this: It’s the ultimate tool for assembling carefully calibrated cocktails. Here are three creative quaffs.

Put Some Boston in Your Step

The Hub is a sneaker capital of sorts—New Balance, Reebok, Vibram, Converse, Puma, and Saucony all have area ties—and this year, two of those companies are showing their Boston pride with trainers designed for the marathon.

By the Numbers

There were 790 port-a-potties at the starting line in 2013, plus more fun stats to impress your friends.

Grand Finales

Cross the line in style with one of these photo finishes.

 

boston marathon water

Water Photo via Shutterstock.com

Beat the Bonk

We, as spectators, have a very important job to do: get runners to the finish line. But what to do when they look like they’re about to hit the wall?

Seek Middle Ground: Sure, watching from the start or finish lines might be more exciting, but Adam Naylor, of Telos Sports Psychology Coaching, says that your cheering is most useful somewhere in between. By picking a mile marker in advance, you can give runners a much-needed boost and an energy gel or two—carbs!—right when they need it the most.

Don’t Overdo It: If your friend is dogging it, you may think you’re helping by shouting, “You can make it!” or “Don’t give up!”—but cheers that imply a marathoner is struggling can dent his or her confidence, says Richard Ginsburg, a sports psychologist at MGH. Better to go with simple encouragement that reinforces how well they are doing. —Jason Schwartz

 

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How to Hand Off H2O to a Runner

Lauren Jones, co-captain of the BAA’s 25-mile hydration station, and Chris Chesmore, a longtime race-day volunteer, show us the pro way to help hydrate racers on Marathon Monday. —S. I. Rosenbaum

 

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Make Some Noise

Choose an instrument wisely to ensure your runner hears you above the din. —S. I. Rosenbaum

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Sources: CBC Sports, the Center for Hearing and Communication, and the Telegraph.

 

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Going Solo

Before you dismiss the red plastic cup as a vestige of college parties past, consider this: It’s the ultimate tool for assembling carefully calibrated cocktails. Even the pros are onboard. “This is how I roll—this is how we tailgate,” says Jackson Cannon, Eastern Standard’s beverage director. The key, he says, is to use the lines of the cup to measure ingredients. We asked Cannon and two other bartenders to offer up creative quaffs that can be crafted entirely in an 18-ounce cup*—with nary a jigger in sight (a spoon or stray chopstick, however, may come in handy). —Leah Mennies

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* These diagrams were created with a generic red cup. Solo overhauled its basic design a few years ago; if you opt for the brand’s new square-bottom cup, note that similar measurements can be achieved by using the letters on the side of the cup and its wavy top lines.

 

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Photograph courtesy of New Balance

Put Some Boston in Your Step

The Hub is a sneaker capital of sorts—New Balance, Reebok, Vibram, Converse, Puma, and Saucony all have area ties—and this year, two of those companies are showing their Boston pride with trainers designed for the marathon. In April, New Balance will release the Boston 890v4 super-light trainers (pictured above), which feature an image of the state and #LoveBoston on the heels. And the team at Saucony’s Lexington HQ has designed its own lucky charm: the Boston Edition Kinvara 5s, which come bedecked with shamrocks. The company will also reissue its #BostonStrong sneaker charm, with all proceeds from the sale of the $5 medallion benefiting the One Fund. —Janelle Nanos

 

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By the Numbers

36,000
Number of entrants in 2014, up from 27,000 in 2013.

790
Number of port-a-potties at the starting line in 2013 (there were an additional 202 along the route).

11,503
Pounds of discarded clothing at the starting line in 2013—donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

39
The reported temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, on a particularly chilly race day in 1961—and yes, there were snow squalls.

100
The reported temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, on race day in 1905.

One Hundred Thousand +
Number of bulbs planted along the entire 26.2-mile stretch by Marathon Daffodils volunteers.

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Source: BAA and Marathon Daffodils

 

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Grand Finales

Cross the line in style with one of these photo finishes.

+ Extra points for executing any of these moves while carrying a shot or beer procured from the spectators.

 

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