The Boston Marathon, organized by the Boston Athletic Association, is the world’s oldest marathon and takes place every year on the third Monday in April, also known as Patriot’s Day, a holiday that commemorates the famous battles of Lexington and Concord. The historic race, April 16, 2012, starts on Main Street in the town of Hopkinton and finishes near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square. Running the race is hard enough, but spectators have challenges all their own, so that being said, check out some Boston Marathon Spectator Tips!
- Get An Early StartThe Boston Marathon kicks off at 9:00 AM, but if you wait until then to try to find the perfect spot, you’ll be out of luck. Many roads in the Back Bay are closed and crowds grow quickly.
- NavigationDriving in Boston on a normal day can be hectic, but on race day, almost impossible. Parking is an issue every year, even with free metered spots and parking garages. Walking or biking is always a great choice, and public transportation on the MBTA is also a convenient way to traverse the crowds.
- Where to WatchOnce you pick a spot, it’s always good to stay put, but if you feel the need to move along the course to see your favorite runner, check out the Boston Marathon website for the best viewing spots available.
- Dress for SuccessBoston weather can be unpredictable, especially in the Spring, so just to be safe, dress in layers. You can always take a layer off as the day warms up and don’t forget your sunblock.
The Boston Marathon can be an amazing event to attend and we hope these Boston Marathon Spectator Tips will help you enjoy it even more. The Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf hopes your time in our great city.