Boston Marathon Schedule, New Rules & Policies

2014 Boston Marathon® Weekend


An Outline of What is New for Participants, Spectators, and the Public



BOSTON ‰ÛÓ With less than two weeks until the 118th Boston Marathon®
on Monday, April 21, 2014, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.)
outlined changes to this year’s event. As it has since
its inception in 1897, the Boston Marathon will be held on Patriots’
Day, a civic holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
For the 29th consecutive year, John Hancock Financial
Services is the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon,
the world’s oldest annual marathon. Participants will follow the
historic 26.2-mile course, which starts on Main Street in rural
Hopkinton and finishes on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay. This
year’s race will see changes in some areas for participants,
spectators, and the public, listed below. 





Increased Field Size: In
cooperation with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the eight cities
and towns along the race route, the B.A.A. established the field size
for the 2014 Boston Marathon at 36,000
entrants. This is a 33 percent increase from the field size limit of
27,000 entrants used in recent years and is the second-largest field
size in Boston Marathon history. The Centennial Boston Marathon in 1996
had a starting field of 38,708, which stood for
more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. 


Race Day Schedule: To
accommodate a larger field size, the Boston Marathon will use a
four-wave start. The race day schedule for the 2014 Boston Marathon is
listed below:


8:50 a.m.

Mobility Impaired Start

9:17 a.m.

Push Rim Wheelchair Division Start

9:22 a.m.

Handcycle Participants Start

9:32 a.m.

Elite Women’s Start

10:00 a.m.

Elite Men’s Start & Wave One

10:25 a.m.

Wave Two

11:00 a.m.

Wave Three

11:25 a.m.

Wave Four




John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo:
Official participants must claim their bib number and race packet at
the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo. This Expo is widely
regarded as the running industry’s premier expo for new products and
services and will feature more than 200 exhibitors and
attract more than 100,000 attendees in 2014. The Expo will be located
at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center at 900 Boylston
Street in Boston’s Back Bay. 2014 Expo hours are listed below:


Friday, April 18, 12:00 p.m. ‰ÛÓ 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 19, 9:00 a.m. ‰ÛÓ 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. ‰ÛÓ 6:00 p.m.


Bib Number Pick-up:
New for 2014, all participants will be required to claim their own bib
number at the Expo during normal Expo hours, listed above. Friends or
family will not be allowed to claim another
participant’s bib number. Absolutely no bib numbers will be available
for pick-up on race day, Monday, April 21, 2014.


Gear Check at Boston Common:
A gear check opportunity on Boston Common will be available on the
morning of the Boston Marathon only, allowing official participants to
have a change of clothing (shoes, pants,
shirt, jacket) at the conclusion of the race. The clear, plastic bag to
be used for this purpose will be provided at Number Pick-up by the
B.A.A. and will be within every participant’s complimentary race packet.
No other bags will be accepted and participants
who intend to use gear check must check their own gear. Family and
friends will not be allowed to check gear on behalf of a participant.
Gear check tents will be color coded and correspond to the color of the
wave to which a participant has been assigned (red,
white, blue, or yellow). Gear check bags may be checked at Boston
Common between 5:30 a.m. and 9:20 a.m. Gear check bags may be claimed
from 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Policies for Official Participants and Spectators:
In consultation with public safety officials, the B.A.A. previously
released information on policies for official participants and
spectators of the Boston
Marathon, including a no-bag policy. More information on allowable and
prohibited items for participants and spectators is included at the end
of this issuance. In addition, please see attached infographic.


Additional Items on B.A.A. Buses and at Athletes’ Village:
Participants may bring food, shoes, and/or clothing on B.A.A. buses and
in Athletes’ Village, as long as those items are not carried in a bag
backpack. Participants may hold those items in their hands, or store
them in the pockets of their clothing.


Please note: security at each location will have the authority to disallow products or materials that it deems inappropriate.


Post-Race Amenities: After completing the Boston Marathon, participants will be given the following, in this order: Finishers’ medals, Heatsheet®
Warmth Retention Cape, Poland Spring Water, Gatorade
Endurance Formula, Poland Spring Water, Gatorade Recovery Shake,
PowerBar, and additional products. The Heatsheet Warmth Retention Cape
is an innovative product that reflects radiant heat and minimizes
conductive heat loss, keeping participants cool in the
event of warmer weather or warm in the event of cooler weather.


Finish Area Exit Locations:
There will be three locations along Boylston Street through which
official participants may exit the secure finish area to reunite with
family and friends: (1) Clarendon Street, (2) Berkeley Street, and (3)
Arlington Street. The first two exit locations lead
to the Family Meeting Area near Copley Square; the third location leads
to the Boston Common Family Meeting Area and the gear check tents,
located near the Parkman Bandstand. Those participants who did not use
gear check on race morning may utilize either
of the first two exit locations in order to reunite with family and
friends sooner. Participants who used gear check on race morning will
utilize the third exit location and claim their gear at Boston Common. 


Family Meeting Areas: Participants
are strongly encouraged to reunite with family and friends in one of
two designated Family Meeting Areas. The Family Meeting Area near Copley
Square is located along St.
James Avenue and Stuart Street between Clarendon Street and Berkeley
Street. The Boston Common Family Meeting Area is located near the gear
check tents at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. Alphabetically
lettered signs will be posted, enabling race participants
to meet with their supporters at the sign containing the first letter
of the participant’s last name. AT&T Communication Centers will be
available, allowing participants to make a complimentary call to family
and friends after the race.


Awards Ceremony: New
for 2014, the top 10 finishers in the men’s and women’s open division,
and the men’s and women’s push rim wheelchair division champions, will
receive their awards at Boston Marathon Mile
27: Official Post-Race Party, presented by Samuel Adams. Since 1986,
John Hancock has provided nearly $16 million in prize money and
continues that tradition with this year’s prize purse totaling $806,000,
plus bonuses.





B.A.A. 5K and Invitational Mile:
This year’s B.A.A. 5K will see a change in date, field size, and
location. The 2014 B.A.A. 5K will be held on Saturday, April 19, two
days prior to the Boston Marathon. The field size for the B.A.A. 5K has
been increased from 6,500 to 10,000 entrants. To
accommodate this larger field size, the start and finish lines for the
event have been relocated from Copley Square to Boston Common. Following
the B.A.A. 5K, the B.A.A. Invitational Mile will take place at Copley
Square, featuring some of the world’s fastest
runners and middle school and scholastic runners from the eight cities
and towns along the Marathon course. 


Boston Marathon World Run:
The B.A.A. created and launched the Boston Marathon World Run, a mobile
application and website that connects runners from around the world to
the 2014 Boston Marathon. This virtual
experience allows anyone, regardless of ability or geography, to run or
wheel a distance of their choosing and participate in the athletic
spirit of the Boston Marathon. The app, created in partnership with John
Hancock Financial Services and Manulife Financial,
integrates with social media networks to create a virtual running
community. Users receive digital training and finisher badges, as well
as a downloadable bib number and finisher certificate. While there is no
registration fee, participants are encouraged
to donate to the One Fund Boston. To join the Boston Marathon World
Run, visit
  or search “Boston Marathon World Run” in the Apple or Android app store.


Massachusetts Alerts: The
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the B.A.A. are
partnering to ensure that runners and spectators receive important
public safety and emergency information in
a timely manner. Massachusetts Alerts is a communication tool used by
MEMA to disseminate critical information to smartphones. Massachusetts
Alerts is powered by a free downloadable application that is available
for Android and iPhones. During the Boston Marathon,
MEMA will use Massachusetts Alerts to share important public safety
information, including severe weather and emergency contact information,
with runners and spectators. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts,
and for information on how to download the free
app (called Ping4Alerts) onto your Android or iPhone, go to:


MBTA Stations:
Government Center station (MBTA Green and Blue Lines) is currently
closed for the next two years due to construction. Both Green and Blue
Line trains will pass through Government Center Station
but will not stop there. On race day, Copley Station (MBTA Green Line)
and Arlington Street Station (MBTA Green Line) will be closed for the
entire day. In addition, the following above-ground Green Line stations
will be closed between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00
p.m. on race day: South Street Station (“B” train), Kent Street Station
(“C” train) and St. Mary’s Street Station (“C” train). For more
information on MBTA service on Boston Marathon weekend, please visit





In consultation with
public safety officials, and in order to ensure the safety of all Boston
Marathon participants, spectators, and partners, the B.A.A. will
enforce new rules on race day for official participants.
As always, official participants may be required to pass through
security checkpoints when entering Marathon venues on race day and all
items being carried are subject to inspection by the B.A.A., contracted
private security personnel, venue personnel, and
law enforcement officers.


No-Bag Policy: The
B.A.A. and public safety officials from the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the course are asking
official participants to comply with new security policies,
including a no-bag policy. No bags will be allowed in certain areas at
or near the start in Hopkinton, at or near the finish in Boston, or
along the course. Bags will not be allowed on buses from Boston to
Hopkinton, and bags will not be transported from Hopkinton
back to Boston.


Allowable Items for Official Participants: Runners may carry the following items on race day. Any such items are subject to inspection at any time:


  • Fanny pack (no larger
    than 5 inches x 15 inches x 5 inches) to carry food, nutritional
    products, medicine, identification, cellular phone, home/hotel key or
    other similar and necessary small
    items (only one fanny pack per runner).
  • Standard manufactured “fuel belt” (bottles must be one liter or smaller).
  • Armband, which can carry a cellular phone or small camera.
  • The use of headphones is discouraged, but permitted. 


Please note:
Additional layers of clothing may be worn on B.A.A. shuttle buses and in
Hopkinton for warmth before the race. Clothing that will not be worn
during the race must be discarded in Hopkinton and will
be donated to a local charitable organization. 


Prohibited Items for Official Participants: On
race day, official participants are prohibited from carrying any of the
following items when entering or within any Marathon venue, including
B.A.A. shuttle
buses and B.A.A. vehicles, Athletes’ Village in Hopkinton, the start
area corrals and start area, the race course, and the finish area in


  • Backpacks, any similar item carried over the shoulder, or handbags of any size.
  • Glass containers.
  • Any container capable of carrying more than 1 liter of liquid.
  • Strollers, including baby strollers.
  • Suitcases & rolling bags.
  • Personal hydration system products (such as CamelBak®, Thor®, etc).
  • Weight vests or any sort of vest with pockets (Note: lightweight running vests are allowable).
  • Costumes covering the face or any non-form fitting, bulky outfits extending beyond the perimeter of the body.
  • Props (including sporting equipment and military and fire/gear and signs or flags larger than 11 inches x 17 inches).
  • Any item larger than 5 inches x 15 inches x 5 inches. 


Please note:
security at each location will have the authority to disallow other
products or materials that it deems inappropriate.


Policies for Spectators: While
this year’s Boston Marathon is expected to draw great interest from the
community, leading to more fans and spectators, those interested in
attending the race are also being
asked for their cooperation in following reasonable and common sense
guidelines that will help ensure the safety and security of
participants, volunteers, and spectators. Spectators along the course
are discouraged from possessing any of the items listed below.
Possession of any of these items may result in delays when passing
through security checkpoints and enhanced screening:


  • Weapons or items of any kind that may be used as weapons, including firearms, knives, mace, etc.
  • Backpacks or any similar item carried over the shoulder.
  • Suitcases and rolling bags/rollers.
  • Coolers.
  • Glass containers or cans.
  • Flammable liquids, fuels, fireworks or explosives.
  • Any container capable of carrying more than 1 liter of liquid.
  • Handbags or packages or bulky items larger than 12 inches x 12 inches x 6 inches.
  • Large blankets/comforters, duvets, sleeping bags.
  • Costumes covering the face or any non-form fitting, bulky outfits extending beyond the perimeter of the body.
  • Props (including sporting equipment and military and fire gear). 


For the answers to many frequently asked questions regarding the 2014 Boston Marathon, please visit the official B.A.A. website,


About the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.)
Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit
organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through
sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world’s
oldest annual marathon, and the organization
manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth,
and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of
the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon
is part of the World Marathon Majors, along
with the international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and
New York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A.
events in 2014. The 118th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014. For more information on
the B.A.A., please visit


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