Will the Americans bring home a win on Patriots Day in Boston Marathon 2018? That’s the big question ahead of Monday’s Boston Marathon, with a number of big-name Americans, including 2017 men’s runner-up Galen Rupp and New York Marathon female winner Shalane Flanagan headlining this year’s crop of participants.
The 122nd edition of the world’s oldest annual marathon, this year’s race will begin on Monday morning, and it’s set to feature 17 top U.S. runners in an international field that includes almost two dozen Olympians. Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui will look to defend his 2017 title against the likes of Rupp and fellow U.S. top runner Shadrack Biwott, who finished fourth a year ago, while the American women include Flanagan, who’s fresh off a New York City Marathon victory; and Molly Huddle, who owns more than 20 national titles.
All of it starts on Main Street in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, on Monday.
How to watch
Note: All times are Eastern.
Date: Monday, April 16
Times: 8:40 a.m. (wheelchair division), 9:32 a.m. (pro women), 10 a.m. (pro men and first wave), 11:15 a.m. (final wave)
TV: WBZ Channel 4 (CBS Boston)
Stream: NBC Sports Network
WBZ coverage is for the Boston area only. National coverage (8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) on NBC Sports Network will be carried via the NBC Sports app and through Amazon Fire TV, the Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
As runners take their mark for the 2018 Boston Marathon, hundreds of thousands of spectators will be mobilizing to watch and cheer, near and far. The 26.2-mile course will be where perseverance, strength, and the human spirit will be on full display Patriots Day.
Monday will be the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon, making it the oldest consecutively held marathon in the country. It’s the fifth anniversary of the 2013 bombings which killed three and injured more than 200.
Check out below if you’re looking for the start times, how to track a runner from Hopkinton to Boylston Street, and everything you need to know about this year’s running of the Marathon. Bookmark this page, too because we’ll be adding the results to the top as they come in.
One way to keep up with everything is to subscribe to your local Patch for alerts and updates or the Boston Patch for more Marathon news. And to look back on last year’s race, view our coverage at the bottom.
How can I get to the Boston Marathon?
Well you could drive, but there are going to be tons of morning street closures and heavy traffic. Below is the full scoop on which MBTA stops get you closest to the Finish Line, and you can see what parking garages are nearby. And here’s a map of where you could get off on the commuter rail and Green Line to view different areas of the Marathon route.