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 runningworld.com, 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!