Here’s the 2016 Boston Marathon Schedule of Events

Including number pick-up, the John Hancock Expo, heat times, and more.


Boston Marathon photo by Olga Khvan

Marathon Monday is just around the corner once again. But as devoted race fans know, the events of Patriots’ Day weekend go beyond that grueling trek from Hopkinton to Boylston.

You can see for yourself, as the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced the weekend’s full schedule of events. Here are the highlights:

Friday, April 15

  • Participant number pick-up begins at Hynes Convention Center. Runners can get their bibs on Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo kicks off, also at Hynes Convention Center. The free, open-to-the-public event is a great place to score free energy bars and expand your activewear collection. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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Saturday, April 16

  • The B.A.A. 5K leads off the weekend of running. It starts at 8 a.m. on Charles Street adjacent to the Common.
  • The B.A.A. Invitational Mile gives top professional, high school, and middle school runners a chance to show off their speed. It starts in Copley Square at 10:30 a.m.
  • Support more than 20 local middle schools at the B.A.A. Relay Challenge, departing from Copley Square at 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 17

  • Runners and their guests can attend the official Pre-Race Dinner in City Hall Plaza, near Faneuil Hall, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s free for runners, and guests can purchase tickets at the John Hancock Expo.

Monday, April 18

  • The event everybody’s been waiting for, the 120th Boston Marathon, begins its first heat at 8:50 a.m. The full heat list is as follows:
    1. Mobility-impaired athletes, 8:50 a.m.
    2. Men’s push-rim wheelchairs, 9:17 a.m.
    3. Women’s push-rim wheelchairs, 9:19 a.m.
    4. Handcycles and duos, 9:22 a.m.
    5. Elite women, 9:32 a.m.
    6. Elite men and wave one, 10 a.m.
    7. Wave two, 10:25 a.m.
    8. Wave three, 10:50 a.m.
    9. Wave four, 11:15 a.m.
  • An awards ceremony, which is open to the public, starts at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel at 5 p.m.
  • The Post-Race Party, sponsored by Samuel Adams, is held in Fenway Park from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. It’s free for runners, and guests can purchase tickets at the Expo.