Boston Marathon 2018: Route, Course Map & Must-See Details


Officially starting at 9:00 a.m., the 2018 Boston Marathon is underway. This year marks the 122nd running of this deeply historic race and marks the fifth anniversary of the tragic Boston Marathon bombing. Runners from around the world come to compete against one another to see who can finish those 26.2 miles first.

The route, starting on Main Street in Hopkinton, will travel through several different towns and cities until reaching its finishing point in the heart of Boston. Once the runners enter Boston, they will run through some of Boston’s most historic areas and cross the finish line on Boylston Street near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square. With the blazing hot Red Sox playing their traditional day game, Boston is surely going to be crowded

If you’re planning to watch the race in person, but don’t want to be in Boston, I’d recommend parking up near Heartbreak Hill. Three-quarters of the way into their race, runners must climb Heartbreak Hill. According to, compared to other elevation changes in other marathons, the elevation change is relatively tame at 91 feet, but the 3.3% grade makes it the steepest.

The full list of road closures for the race can be found here.

Where To Find the Race

If you’re looking to find the race online, you can find everything you need here. Enjoy!

COED Writer
COED Writer
I am a 19 year old Junior at the University at Albany. Studying to be an Automotive Journalist and with a minor in business. Growing up surrounded by cars, I knew that whatever I did as an adult, it had to involve them. Around the time I was thirteen, I was subscribed to three different car focused magazines at once, Road&Track, Automobile, and Autoweek. It was around then that I developed my love for reading magazines and the writing that was in them. from then on it has been my goal to become an automotive journalist. In my spare time I play golf and Ultimate frisbee, dabble in photography and make my car less comfortable on the street just so that it'll be quicker at the track.
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