Boston Marathon Mile Guide
Runners and spectators, follow these game plans to have the best Boston Marathon experience ever.
Game Plan: Boston College
The coeds that station themselves at the top of Heartbreak Hill know their beer-soaked enthusiasm gives runners a much-needed spike in adrenaline as they hit the Heights. —Janelle Nanos
What to Pack
Water, sunscreen, and sneakers—just in case you get the urge to sprint the last curve of Comm. Ave.
How to Get There
Hop off the Green Line at BC, Reservoir, or Chestnut Hill Avenue.
Where to Sit/Stand
The largest crowds gather at Cleveland Circle, where students coach runners through the turn onto Beacon Street.
Where to Eat
For a respite from the crowds, hit Fuel America, on Chestnut Hill Avenue, where you’ll find homemade sodas at half off during the race.
Where to Drink
Find a spot on Cityside’s rooftop patio to get a bird’s-eye view of the race. Other than that, there are only two words: Mary Ann’s. If there’s one day to experience BC’s most notorious bar, this is it.
If you’re close to campus, befriend a student and ask to use his loo.
When to Arrive
Students will likely start their “marathon of beers” (that’s 26 beers in 24 hours) at midnight, but for the average spectator, getting situated just before 9 a.m. is a safe bet.
A gold Superfan shirt (or anything yellow, really) will help you blend in.
We asked 78 past and present Boston Marathon participants for the inside track on their race experiences.
Have you ever had a beer while running the marathon?
Catch a Glimpse of Your Favorite Marathoners in Action at Mile 21
• Wheelchair Division Men: 10:26 a.m.
• Wheelchair Division Women: 10:41 a.m.
• Elite Women: 11:29 a.m.
• Elite Men: 11:44 a.m.
• Your Friend (assuming a 9:30 pace): 2:10 p.m.
(Calculations based on 2014 starting times and the pace of 2013’s top finishers.)
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