Boston Marathon Mile Guide

Runners and spectators, follow these game plans to have the best Boston Marathon experience ever.

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Kenyan Rita Jeptoo wins the elite women’s race of the 2013 Boston Marathon. / Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

MILE 26.2

Game Plan: The Finish Line

All eyes will be on Boylston Street, and there’s no better place to celebrate our resilience. —Janelle Nanos

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Where to Drink

The Pour House opens its doors at 7 a.m., serving the most dedicated spectators their Marathon Monday mimosas.

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Bathroom Break

The Prudential Center’s stalls are far cleaner than any port-a-john.

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Must-Have Items

Tissues and waterproof mascara, as the finish line promises to evoke an array of emotions.

Runners’ Poll:
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 2013’s top finishers.)


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