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Your Ultimate Guide to Boston Marathon 2024

Welcome to your comprehensive guide to the Boston Marathon 2024, an event that combines the thrill of a world-class athletic competition with the charm and history of one of America's oldest cities. The Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon, is set to take place on Monday, April 15, 2024. Whether you're a seasoned marathoner, a first-time spectator, or just a curious traveler, this guide will help you navigate the event and make the most of your visit to Boston.

The 128th Boston Marathon by Boston Athletic Association

The 2024 Boston Marathon, organized by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A), is a major event in the world of athletics. It's not just a goal race; it's a symbol of a healthy lifestyle, perseverance, unity, and the spirit of competition. It's a qualifier registration event, meaning that runners must meet certain Boston marathon qualifying times to participate. The race's qualifying standards and the specific qualifying time needed adds a level of prestige and competition to the event, attracting many athletes.

Race Day Schedule and Divisions

Before you lace up your running shoes, it's essential to familiarize yourself with the race schedule, the entry fee, and logistics. The action kicks off bright and early with the Military March at 6:00 a.m. ET, followed by various divisions including men's and women's wheelchair races, handcycles, and duos.

The professional races start at 9:37 a.m. ET for men and 9:47 a.m. ET for women. Then, the waves of runners hit the streets starting at 10:00 a.m. ET, finishing at the Copley Square. Make sure to check the schedule to know when your category begins. Remember, preparation is key!

Start Line Logistics: On race morning, participants can drop off their clear plastic finish area gear bags at designated areas on Boylston Street and Berkeley Street. Gear check drop-off hours are from 5:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., with pick-up available from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Boston Marathon 5K: But wait, the marathon isn't the only event! On Saturday, April 13, 2024, lace up for the Boston 5K. With a field size of 10,000 participants, it's a fantastic way to join in the marathon weekend festivities.

Where to Tune In: If you're unable to join the action in person, fret not! There are several ways to follow the race from the comfort of your home. WCVB Channel 5 covers the event locally, while ESPN provides national coverage, ensuring you don't miss a moment of the excitement.

The City & What to Wear

The event takes place in the heart of Boston, a city steeped in history and culture. The marathon route takes you through some of the city's most scenic neighborhoods, past historic landmarks, and ends in the bustling downtown area.

When it comes to dressing for the marathon, comfort and functionality should be your top priorities. If you're looking to get into the spirit of the event, why not wear a Boston Athletic Association official t-shirt or cap?

Food and Fun

While the main navigation of your day might be focused on the marathon, don't forget to explore the city's rich cuisine. As you cheer on the runners, fuel yourself with Boston's delicious offerings. Whether it's a classic lobster roll or a hearty bowl of clam chowder, the city's culinary scene won't disappoint. And don't forget to hydrate—after all, you're in the city famous for its Cheers!

Soak in the Atmosphere

Finally, soak in the electrifying atmosphere along the route. From Beacon Street to Boylston Street, every step is filled with cheers and encouragement. Whether this is the first Boston marathon you're running or spectating, the Boston Marathon is an experience like no other.

Activities Beside the Race

Aside from the race, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy. Visit the Boston Marathon Expo for running gear, seminars, and more. Or, take part in the B.A.A. 5K and Invitational Mile races. And don't forget to explore the city's many attractions, from historic sites to world-class museums.

Bag Policy at Boston Marathon

Ensuring a smooth race day experience also involves adhering to the gear check and bag policy. Here's what you need to know:

Start Area Bag: The only bag allowed in the start area is the one-gallon bag provided with your bib number. It's primarily for carrying food items to the start. No exceptions for other bags, so pack wisely.

Gear Check: On race morning, make sure you have your essentials packed in a clear plastic finish area gear bag. Drop-off hours start bright and early at 5:45 a.m. and run until 9:15 a.m., so plan accordingly. Remember, no valuables should be checked, and your bag should be securely labeled with your bib number. Pickup hours post-race are from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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So, why not lighten your load and make the most of your Boston Marathon experience? With your belongings safely stored away, you can focus on cheering on the runners, exploring the city, and enjoying the event to the fullest.

Things to Do in Boston

While the Boston Marathon is a must-see, there's so much more to do in Boston. Visit the historic Freedom Trail, explore the vibrant neighborhoods, or take a stroll in the beautiful Boston Common. For art lovers, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is a must-visit. And don't forget to try some local delicacies like clam chowder and Boston cream pie.

See You in Boston?

Whether you're running the race, cheering on the participants, or just soaking up the city's vibrant atmosphere, regardless of your age group, the Boston Marathon 2024 promises to be an unforgettable event. And with Bounce by your side, you can enjoy it all without the burden of your belongings. So pack your bags, lace up your shoes, and get ready for an incredible journey. See you at the finish line!

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All you need to know

  • When to apply for Boston Marathon 2024?

    Registration for the 2024 Boston Marathon took place over five days, from September 11 to September 15, 2023. The registration window opened at 10:00 a.m. ET on September 11 and closed at 5:00 p.m. ET on September 15, 2023, within the B.A.A.'s online platform, Athletes' Village.

  • How do I qualify for the 2025 Boston Marathon?

    To qualify for the 2025 Boston Marathon, runners must meet the age and gender-specific qualifying times established by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.). These times vary based on the age group and gender of the participant. Qualifying times must be achieved at a certified marathon race within a specific timeframe before the Boston Marathon for which you are applying. Here are general steps to qualify for the Boston Marathon: Meet the Qualifying Standard: Run a qualifying time at a certified marathon race during the qualifying period, which typically starts just over a year before the marathon date. The exact qualifying times can be found on the B.A.A. website. Qualifying Race: The race where you achieve your qualifying time must be certified by a national athletics organization and adhere to all competition rules. Not all marathons may qualify, so ensure the race you choose is a B.A.A.-approved qualifier. Registration: Qualifying does not guarantee entry, as registration is based on a rolling admission process. Runners who beat their qualifying time by the largest margins are accepted first. Stay Updated: The B.A.A. may update qualifying standards, registration dates, and procedures. Regularly check the official Boston Marathon website for the most current information. Remember, achieving a qualifying time does not guarantee entry into the marathon, as demand often exceeds available spots. The B.A.A. advises runners to exceed their age and gender qualifying standard to increase their chances of gaining entry.

  • Is there a lottery for the Boston Marathon?

    There is no lottery (ballot entry) for the Boston Marathon. Because of the number of applicants and time qualifiers, there is no additional space. Not all of those who qualify for the Boston Marathon get in and the B.A.A. has to leave room for those who are running for charity.

  • How many people applied for Boston Marathon 2024?

    For the 2024 Boston Marathon, there were 33,058 qualifier applications submitted during the registration week​​. Out of these, 22,019 qualified athletes were accepted to participate in the race scheduled for April 15, 2024.

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