Boston Marathon

Marathon Monday Is Back: What to Know About the 126th Boston Marathon

There will be 30,000 official participants, including runners from 122 countries and all 50 U.S. states.

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Monday morning, thousands of people will line up at the finish line to cheer on some of the best of the best runners at the 126th Boston Marathon.

The race starts in less than 24 hours.



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People have been flying in from all over the world and are planning on running for different charities.

Last year, the marathon was held in October. This is the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began that the marathon will be held on Patriots Day.

This year is also special because the Boston Marathon is celebrating 50 years of the first official women’s division.

There will be 30,000 official participants, including runners from 122 countries and all 50 U.S. states. The event is expected to inject more than $200 million into the Greater Boston economy.

Quan Pho will be one of more than 28,000 people running on Marathon Monday and says he counts every step in life as a blessing after coming face to face with death in 2016.

More than 9,800 volunteers will assist athletes on their journey from Hopkinton to Boston. Participants competing and raising funds for various charities and nonprofit programs are anticipated to raise in excess of $30 million.

A lot of people have been doing shake-out runs this weekend loosening up for the big day.

“We both have teenage girls at home, so 100% I’m thinking about that along the way. How can I use what I love to fuel other young athletes, particularly women and girls, to do the same,” one excited marathon runner said.

Boston Marathon start times

  • Men's Wheelchair: 9:02 a.m.
  • Women's Wheelchair: 9:05 a.m.
  • Handcycles & Duos: 9:30 a.m.
  • Professional Men: 9:37 a.m.
  • Professional Women: 9:45 a.m.
  • Para Athletics Division: 9:50 a.m.
  • Rolling start begins: 10 a.m.

Public safety precautions

Local, state and federal agencies are all involved in the planning and coordination of public safety during the marathon. Here are some key points to know:

Officials stressed there are no credible threats to the marathon at this time, but safety and security are at the forefront of planning.

There will be enhanced security checkpoints on Monday from Kenmore Square to the finish line. At these locations, the public will be asked to submit to bag checks. If crowds get too heavy at a particular location, checkpoints may temporarily close while police wait for those crowds to thin.

There will be an enhanced police presence throughout the weekend. On Monday specifically, there will be a full department callup, meaning all available personnel will be working. All neighborhoods will still have their usual coverage.

There will be uniformed officers as well as plainclothes officers and detectives among the crowds.

The Boston Athletic Association held a press conference at 10 a.m. Thursday, alongside FBI and Homeland Security officials, where authorities said there are no known threats against the marathon but emphasized the importance of speaking up to report anything suspicious -- in person or on social media.

There will be extra patrols throughout the MBTA, officials said, noting that after last week's shooting in a New York City subway station, Boston officials are in close contact with their partners in New York.

“There is no evidence credible or otherwise to suggest that the MBTA system is a target," Chief Kenneth Green of the MBTA Transit Police Department said.

Authorities are asking the public to keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary and report anything suspicious to police immediately.

“We’ve asked people every year for a long time, we’re asking you to be vigilant," Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Gregory Long said.

Public drinking and publicly smoking marijuana are prohibited.

Boston EMS also has a comprehensive plan to ensure the health and safety of everyone during the weekend's events and on Monday.

Mayor Michelle Wu also noted that COVID-19 cases have been rising in Boston and suggested taking measures like getting tested before and after attending any events. Wearing masks indoors remains optional but is suggested as one of the best ways to help limit the spread of the virus.

Russian athletes banned

Race organizers announced earlier this month that Russian and Belarusian athletes will not be allowed to compete in this year's Boston Marathon as a result of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Runners who had previously been accepted to represent the countries in the 2022 Boston Marathon and currently live in either country will no longer qualify, the Boston Athletic Association said.

Citizens of Russia and Belarus who do not reside in either country will be allowed to compete, but cannot run under either country's flag.

Boston Marathon road closures, parking restrictions

Boston police have announced the following road closures as a result of this year's marathon:

No Stopping April 6 - April 21

  • Blagden Street (south side, opposite side of Library) Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street for accessible parking
  • Boylston Street (both sides) Exeter Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Boylston Street Dartmouth Street (from Dartmouth St to Clarendon St)
  • Exeter Street Boylston Street to Blagden Street

No Stopping April 11-21

  • Blagden Street Dartmouth Street to BPL Driveway

No Stopping April 13-19

  • Exeter Street Alley 441 to Boylston Street

No Stopping April 14-18

  • Trinity Place St. James Avenue to Stuart Street

No Stopping Friday, Saturday & Monday - April 15, 16 & 18

  • Beacon Street Charles Street to Joy Street
  • Boylston Street Dalton Street to Arlington Street, unless otherwise posted
  • Clarendon Street Newbury Street to Saint James Avenue
  • Dartmouth Street Boylston Street to Commonwealth Avenue
  • Exeter Street Newbury Street to Huntington Avenue, No Stopping Thursday to Monday, and east side from Boylston Street to Blagden Street.

No Stopping Saturday to Monday - April 16 -18

  • Berkeley Street Stuart Street to Newbury Street
  • Boylston Street Arlington Street to Charles Street
  • Cambridge Street Court Street to Sudbury Street
  • Charles Street Boylston Street to Beacon Street
  • Saint James Avenue Arlington Street to Clarendon Street
  • Stuart Street Huntington Avenue to Arlington Street

No Stopping Sunday & Monday April 17 & 18

  • Clarendon Street Newbury Street to Public Alley 436
  • Newbury Street for Media Vehicles from #29 Newbury Street crossing over Berkeley Street to #69 Newbury Street

No Stopping Saturday from 12:01 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. - April 16

  • Newbury Street Dartmouth Street to Exeter Street

No Stopping Monday - April 18

  • Arlington Street Beacon Street to Stuart Street
  • Arlington Street Columbus Avenue to Isabella Street
  • Beacon Street, Brighton from Chestnut Hill Avenue to Brookline Town Line
  • Beacon Street, Brighton from Bay State Road to Brookline Town Line
  • Beacon Street, Back Bay from Charles Street to Arlington Street
  • Berkeley Street Columbus Avenue to Commonwealth Avenue, unless otherwise posted
  • Belvidere Street Huntington Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue
  • Blagden Street Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street, unless otherwise posted
  • Boylston Street from Massachusetts Avenue to Dalton Street
  • Charles Street from Boylston Street to Beacon Street
  • Charles Street South from Park Plaza to Boylston Street
  • Chestnut Hill Avenue from Commonwealth Avenue to Beacon Street
  • Clarendon Street from Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue, unless otherwise posted
  • Cleveland Circle (Parking area adjacent to Cassidy Playground & parking area adjacent to Sutherland Road) from Beacon Street to Chestnut Hill Avenue, 24 hours
  • Columbus Avenue from Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Commonwealth Avenue from Charlesgate West to Deerfield Street (outbound)
  • Commonwealth Avenue from Beacon Street (Kenmore Square) to 80 feet east of Hereford Street.
  • Commonwealth Avenue from Lake Street to Chestnut Hill Avenue (inbound)
  • Congress Street from State Street to Hanover Street
  • Dalton Street from Boylston Street to Clearway Street
  • Dartmouth Street from Newbury Street to Commonwealth Avenue and Saint James Avenue to Columbus Avenue
  • Deerfield Street from Commonwealth Avenue to Bay State Road
  • East Dedham Street from Harrison Avenue to Albany Street
  • Exeter Street from Commonwealth Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Fairfield Street from Boylston Street to Commonwealth Avenue
  • Gloucester Street from Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Hereford Street from Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Hanover Street (both sides) from Congress Street to Commercial Street
  • Huntington Avenue from Blagden Street to Massachusetts Avenue
  • Kenmore Street from Newbury Street to Beacon Street
  • Nassau Street (both sides)from Washington Street to Harrison Avenue
  • New Chardon Street from Merrimac Street to Cambridge Street
  • Newbury Street from Arlington Street to Brookline Avenue
  • Plympton Street from Harrison Avenue to Albany Street
  • Providence Street from Arlington Street to Berkeley Street
  • Raleigh Street from Bay State Road to Beacon Street
  • State Street (both sides) from Congress Street to Washington Street
  • Stanhope Street from Berkeley Street to Clarendon Street
  • Scotia Street from Dalton Street to St. Cecilia Street
  • St. Cecilia Street from Belvidere Street to Boylston Street
  • Tremont Street (both sides)from Cambridge Street/Beacon Street to Stuart Street
  • Washington Street Both sides, from Oak Street to Nassau Street. Eastside (even side), from Nassau Street to Kneeland Street
  • Washington Street (both sides) from Winter Street to State Street
  • Winter Street (both sides) from Tremont Street to Washington Street
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