The prestigious Boston Marathon gets underway on Apr. 18, as the world’s greatest long-distance runners compete in the ultimate test of endurance over 26.2 miles. But what time does the race start and how can you watch it? Let us fill the blanks in for you here!
Runners from all over the globe will be taking part in the Boston Marathon on Apr. 18. It’s one of the biggest events on the US sporting calendar, with tens of thousands competing and hundreds of thousands of spectators cheering them on! But how can you watch it? Click down to read everything you need to know!
What time does it start?
There are various start times for the different groups of competitors. The list is: 8:50 a.m for the Mobility Impaired, 9:17 a.m. for Men’s Push Rim Wheel Chair, 9:19 a.m. for Women’s Push Rim Wheel Chair, 9:22 a.m. for Handcycles and Duos, 9:32 a.m. for Elite Women, 10 a.m. for Elite Men and Wave 1, 10:25 a.m. for Elite Men and Wave 2, 10:50 a.m.for Elite Men and Wave 3, and finally 11:15 a.m. for Elite Men and Wave 4.
What channel will it be broadcast on?
If you’re in Boston, CBS’s WBZ-TV will show it locally. If you’re not in Boston, you can watch it nationally on the NBC Sports Network. There’s also a live stream available at CBSBoston.com and watchlive.baa.org.
What will the weather conditions be like for the runners?
It promises to be a comfortable day for both runners and spectators, with sunny spells and temperatures sitting at a comfortable 70 degrees. That’s lucky because the weather is normally so unpredictable this time of year in New England.
How many people are taking part?
The Boston marathon normally attracts an average of 30,000 runners and around 500,000 spectators dotted around the towns. It’s the biggest marathon in the world.
What’s the prize?
Apart from bragging rights? No, there is a purse of $830,000 that’s generated thanks to competitor dues, funding from benefactor John Hancock and a total of 22 sponsors.
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