BAA Marathon Notice To Residents of Hopkinton

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The Boston Athletic Association, organizer of the Boston Marathon®, thanks residents of the Town of Hopkinton for their patience and cooperation as we worked with many partners to plan an event of this size and scope. The 118th Boston Marathon will be a special event for the Greater Boston area and our sport as a whole. For more race day information, please visit


36,000 entrants will participate in the 118th Boston Marathon, starting the 26.2-mile run on Main Street in Hopkinton and finishing on Boylston Street at Copley Square near the John Hancock Tower in Boston’s Back Bay. It will be the second-largest field size in Boston Marathon history.

8:50 a.m. Mobility Impaired Start
9:17 a.m. Push Rim Wheelchair Division Start
9:22 a.m. Handcycle Participants Start
9:32 a.m. Elite Women’s Start
10:00 a.m. Elite Men’s Start & Wave One
10:25 a.m. Wave Two
11:00 a.m. Wave Three
11:25 a.m. Wave Four

In the Athletes’ Village at Hopkinton High/Middle School, runners will gather to await the start of the race. Runners proceed down Grove Street and start the race on Main Street at Hopkinton Common, crossing the start line in four waves of 9,000. The last runner will cross the start line at about 11:40 a.m.

For more information about the Boston Athletic Association, organizer of the Boston Marathon, please visit


To ensure a safe and enjoyable race experience for all participants, race day road closures will be in effect on Monday, April 21.

. Roads within the Town of Hopkinton will close at 7:00 a.m.
. No on-street parking will be allowed in Hopkinton.
. Roads will re-open at 2:00 p.m.

Only official B.A.A. buses, official vehicles, and public safety vehicles will be permitted on roads in Hopkinton during that time.


The B.A.A. will operate bus service for official participants only, transporting them from a designated parking area on South Street to Athletes’ Village. The B.A.A. will also operate shuttle buses for spectators from Hopkinton State Park and the MBTA Commuter Rail station to downtown Hopkinton. Participants taking a B.A.A. bus are strongly encouraged to utilize the buses from South Street to Athletes’ Village.

For more information on allowable and prohibited items on B.A.A. shuttle buses, and on pick-up and drop off locations, please visit


Several viewing areas in Hopkinton will have heightened security rules. Spectators entering these areas will be required to pass through security checkpoints and all bags and items being carried will be subject to screening. Spectators are strongly encouraged to carry personal items in clear plastic bags. Unattended items may cause delays. For more information on spectator policies, please visit