Boston Marathon Guide

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Your Guide to the Best Boston Marathon Ever

Our unofficial, irreverent, and completely idiosyncratic guide to the city’s biggest day.


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Armed with stencils and spray cans, and assisted by his two daughters and friends, Ashland resident Jack LeDuc has painted the Boston Marathon starting line for more than 30 years. He’s also run the race 15 times. / Photograph by Scott. M. Lacey

In 2013, Boston vowed to finish the race. On Marathon Monday, starting in the wee hours, runners, families, Sox fans, and college kids will take to the streets to celebrate the one event that ties Greater Boston together in a single, unbroken line. Hundreds of thousands will come to cheer on friends and strangers. Thousands more will come to celebrate Boston’s strength and diversity. And so, for the uninitiated and the seasoned spectators alike, we present our unofficial, irreverent, and completely idiosyncratic guide to Boston’s biggest day.

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Your Guide to a Marathon Day of Dining and Drinking

From pregaming breakfast, to replenishing dinner.

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Boston Marathon Mile Guide

No matter where you’re watching, follow these game plans to have the best experience ever.

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Pro Tips for Spectators

How to cheer, how to hand off water, Solo cup recipes, and more.

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Where to Eat Before the Marathon

It’s not all about carbo-loading, you know.

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Boston Makes the World's Running Shoes

From New Balance to Saucony.

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Explore the Marathon Route

Check out dozens of notable sights from Hopkinton to Boyston Street.

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Are You Faster Than a (Minor) Celebrity?

Here’s how long it took your favorite B-listers in recent years.

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Fitness

Q&A: Meb Keflezighi

He talks his historic Boston victory, and his impending retirement.

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Sports

How the Marathon Began

The first race in 1897 was a mere afterthought—15 men signed up, and only 10 managed to go the distance.

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How to Recover from a Marathon

What happens after the finish line?

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Q&A: Roberta 'Bobbi' Gibb

She was the first woman to finish the Boston Marathon in 1966. She still runs an hour or two a day.

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Kathrine Switzer Remembers Her Dramatic Run

In 1967, she became the first woman to run the race as a numbered entry.