Boston Marathon 2016 Live Blog

Check back throughout Marathon Monday for updates from the 120th Boston Marathon.

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Photo by Olga Khvan

5:00 p.m.

As runners continue to make their way “right on Hereford, left on Boylston” and across the finish line, catch up on a bunch of fun moments from today’s race below.

Check out the full winners list here, and look for your loved ones in our finish line photos roundup, which we’ll continue updating throughout the day.

Congratulations to all the runners! Your guide to recovery, this way…

4:55 p.m.

“Space blankets for days” is right.

Space blankets for days #bostonmarathon

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4:49 p.m.

Appropriate end-of-the-day encouragement.

4:28 p.m.

The tossed-aside snacks are piling up. At least there’s been some effort to keep the sidewalks tidy.

4 p.m.

In case you missed it…THIS GUY.

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Photo by Sarah Fisher

3:45 p.m.

This year, runners approaching the last stretch of the race will be welcomed by a Boston Strong sign painted on the Bowker Overpass.

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Photo by Sarah Fisher

3:30 p.m.

It wouldn’t be much of a Marathon Monday without Team Hoyt. Bryan Lyons took over for Dick Hoyt pushing Rick Hoyt, who has cerebral palsy, after the father-son duo ran their last Boston Marathon together in 2014.

Photo by Sarah Fisher

Photo by Sarah Fisher

3:20 p.m.

Unlike the MBTA, the BAA permits virtual reality headsets along the race route. How long until we get a Boston Marathon simulator?

Photo by Sarah Fisher

Photo by Sarah Fisher

3:07 p.m.

Masterful use of the poop emoji, rivaled only by the visual of Donald Trump chasing runners down Beacon Street like a stubby-fingered Father Krampus. Good work, all.

Photo by Sarah Fisher

Photo by Sarah Fisher

3:01 p.m.

Between the clarinet in Brookline and these, it’s a banner year for bargains along the Marathon route.

2:51 p.m.

Instagram dog celebrity (we live in strange times) Harvey Dangerfield at last met Boston’s most famous, fur-covered resident, Keytar Bear. He even wore a bow tie for the occasion.


A photo posted by Sir Harvard Dangerfield (@harvarddangerfield) on

2:46 p.m.

No love for Kim K. at mile 18, no sir.

2:03 p.m.

Foil-clad marathoners and musicians converged on the Public Garden after today’s race. One spectator was especially feeling the music.

Photo by Jamie Ducharme

Photo by Jamie Ducharme

1:42 p.m.

Anyone? Bueller?

1:38 p.m.

The coveted title of Sign of the Day goes to this young woman and her glorious gobbledygook. Is it the Marathon route? An abstract take on the Pioneer plaque? Illuminati? Doesn’t matter. It’s a masterpiece.

1:15 p.m.

WBZ will remain the television home of the Boston Marathon for a few more years to come. The station announced a new deal with the Boston Athletic Association, extending their broadcast rights into 2022.

1:12 p.m.

Matt and Jenny Rosenthal, of Newton, pass out orange slices to runners at Heartbreak Hill. The couple says they hand out healthy snacks and drinks to exhausted marathoners every year.

Photo by Cassidy Hopkins

Photo by Cassidy Hopkins

1:05 p.m.

“I’m rooting for everyone,” says spectator Colleen Smith.

Photo by Chris Sweeney

Photo by Chris Sweeney

12:53 p.m.

In a post on his official Facebook page, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called Haslet-Davis his “inspiration.”

12:40 p.m.

Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who’s participating in this year’s race with a prosthetic running blade, tweeted that she’s experiencing a “leg issue.”

12:35 p.m.

Granted, the bar hasn’t been set all that high.

“Relax, you’re running better than the GOP” spotted at #heartbreakhill #BostonMarathon #WhyICheer A photo posted by MetroWest Daily News (@metrowestdaily) on

12:26 p.m.


12:25 p.m.

Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu Hayle wins the men’s elite division. A first-time Boston Marathon winner, Hayle out-maneuvered defending champion Lelisa Desisa in the last mile for an unofficial time of 2:12:44.

12:18 p.m.

A Bible verse has been written in chalk at Heartbreak Hill to inspire runners as they pass through. From 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Photo by Greta Jochem

Photo by Greta Jochem

12:02 p.m.

Baysa wins with an unofficial time of 2:29:19. She’s the first Ethiopia woman to win the Boston Marathon since 2010.

Photo by Jamie Ducharme

Photo by Jamie Ducharme

Meanwhile, the elite men are blazing through Coolidge Corner.

12:00 p.m.

Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia leads the elite women’s division through Audubon Circle and heading into the final stretch.

Photo by Chris Sweeney

Photo by Chris Sweeney

11:58 a.m.

Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who will play Bauman in the upcoming film Stronger, threw out the first pitches at Fenway Park. Gyllenhaal’s breaking ball could use some work.

11:55 a.m.

Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans was all smiles as he was spotted walking between Boylston and Hereford Streets. Evans, a passionate runner himself, decided against running in this year’s race following the terrorist attacks in Brussels, devoting the whole of his attention to security in Boston.

Photo by Sarah Fisher

Photo by Sarah Fisher

11:40 a.m.

Meet Loki of Boston Police. Loki is four years old and, by the looks of it, is enjoying the Marathon a little too much.

Photo by Chris Sweeney

Photo by Chris Sweeney

11:35 a.m.

Nothing to see here. Just a couple of Canadians and an old man’s head. Move along.

Photo by Chris Sweeney

Photo by Chris Sweeney

11:30 a.m.

Scout O’Beirne, of Birmingham, Alabama, and Emma Kowal, of Toronto, made this sign for their friend, Sarah. Not too shabby.

Photo by Jamie Ducharme

Photo by Jamie Ducharme

11:17 a.m.

McFadden, a member of Team MR8, poses with the Richard family at the finish line after receiving her medal. Team MR8 raises money for The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation.

Photo by Olga Khvan

Photo by Olga Khvan

11:06 a.m.

Some folks aren’t so jazzed about Mark Wahlberg’s presence at this year’s Marathon.

11:05 a.m.

American Tatyana McFadden wins the women’s wheelchair division for the fourth year in a row—and it wasn’t even close. McFadden, who was born in Russia, finishes with an unofficial time of 1:42:15.

10:47 a.m.

Switzerland’s Marcel Hug, “the Silver Bullet,” wins the men’s wheelchair division in a close finish. Hug won last year’s race as well.

Photo via AP

Photo via AP

10:35 a.m. 

The men’s wheelchair division is passing through Heartbreak Hill.

Photo by Greta Lochem

Photo by Greta Jochem

10:30 a.m.

The family of the late Martin Richard has taken their seats at the finish line. Richard, 8, was the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Last year, Tatyana McFadden, winner of the women’s wheelchair division for the third consecutive year, gave her golden victory wreath to Bill Richard, Martin’s father, at the finish line as “a symbol of hope.”

10:15 a.m.

Defending champion Caroline Rotich has reportedly dropped out of the race around the five-mile mark. Neely Spence Gracey, of Superior, Colorado is currently leading the pack. The 26 year old is running her first Boston Marathon.

10:05 a.m.

The elite men are off! Last year, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, who returned his 2013 medal to the City of Boston in the wake of the bombing, took first place, finishing in 2:09:17.

10:02 a.m. NORM!

9:55 a.m. Fans are filing into Fenway Park for today’s Patriots Day matinee. The Red Sox will take on the Toronto Blue Jays at 11:05. Clay Buchholz is expected to take the mound for Boston, opposite J.A. Happ for Toronto.

Photo by Chris Sweeney

Photo by Chris Sweeney

9:45 a.m.

One of the best parts of the Boston Marathon, without fail, is the signage. Here, Abigail Ross of Allentown, Pennsylvania, channeled some Chandler Bing for her dad, who’s running today.

Photo by Jamie Ducharme

Photo by Jamie Ducharme

9:35 a.m.

The elite women have departed from Hopkinton. Last year’s race saw a showdown on Boylston Street between Kenya’s Caroline Rotich and Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba. Rotich pushed ahead in the final moments to win, with a time of 2:24:55. Can Rotich repeat?

Awaiting them at the finish line is a special logo commemorating 50 years of women running the Boston Marathon, starting with trail blazing Bobbi Gibb, the grand marshal of this year’s race.

9:09 a.m.

The clocks are up!

Photo by Olga Khvan

Photo by Olga Khvan

And the runners? They’re on their way.

9:00 a.m.

Marathon hero Carlos Arredondo and his wife Melida were spotted greeting fans and members of the press from their front-row seat at the finish line. Of course, they wouldn’t be caught without a big ol’ Boston Strong banner.

Photo by Sarah Fisher

Photo by Sarah Fisher

8:15 a.m.

Well, that didn’t take long. We’ve already got our first Mark Wahlberg sighting.

Photo by Sarah Fisher

Photo by Sarah Fisher

The movie star and burger mogul was seen dressed as a Boston cop, filming his upcoming film Patriots Day near the finish line.

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8 a.m.

Welcome to our 2016 Boston Marathon live blog! Check back regularly for updates from the 120th race from Hopkinton to Boylston. To start, here are a few resources to help you through the morning rush:


You can look forward to much more sunshine than we had for last year’s soggy race. It’ll hover in the high-50s for most of the day, with highs between 65 and 72 degrees, and not a drop of precipitation expected.

Public Transportation and Street Closures

Copley Station will closed all day Monday, while three Green Line stops will be closed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: South Street, Kent Street, and St. Mary’s Street. The Red, Orange, and Blue Lines, as well as the Green Line’s B, C, and D branches, will run regular weekday service. All commuter rail lines will operate a regular weekday schedule too, but all bikes (even folding ones) are prohibited onboard today. Streets near the Boston Common, along with Boylston, Hereford, and Arlington Streets, closed early this morning. At 8 a.m., all streets east of Mass. Ave., as well as streets west of Mass. Ave. in the Kenmore Square/Aubudon Circle area, will close. Streets in Brighton near the route will close at 8:30 a.m. Check here for a complete list of closures.

Watch Online and on TV

Live stream at, locally on WBZ-TV or, and nationally on NBC Sports.

Start Times

Mobility Impaired: 8:50 a.m. Men Push-Rim Wheelchair: 9:17 a.m. Women Push-Rim Wheelchair: 9:19 a.m. Handcycles: 9:22 a.m. Elite Women: 9:32 a.m. Elite Men and Wave One: 10: a.m. Wave Two: 10:25 a.m. Wave Three: 10:50 a.m. Wave Four: 11:15 a.m.

And you’ll definitely want to consult our own Boston Marathon guide, which has pro tips for runners and spectators throughout the course—everything from what to bring, where to find a bathroom, Solo cup drink recipes, and notable landmarks along the marathon route.

Reporting from Madeline Bilis, Kyle Clauss, Jamie Ducharme, Sarah Fisher, Cassidy Hopkins, Greta Jochem, Ashley Kane, Olga Khvan, Chris Sweeney, Lisa Weidenfeld, and Yiqing Shao.