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Start: Apr 17, 2006 at 12:00:00 PM
Distance: 26.20 mi
Type: Road
Difficulty: 5 / 10
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Address: 40 Trinity Place, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-236-1652
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The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's most prestigious road racing events. The Boston Athletic Association manages this American classic, which is sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services. The Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity and method of gaining entry into the race (via qualification).

To qualify to run the Boston Marathon, entrants must run a qualifying time at a certified marathon. Qualifying times are determined by your age on the date of the Boston Marathon in which you will be participating.

All participants must adhere to the guidelines set forth by the B.A.A., USATF or foreign equivalent, Wheelchair Athletics USA, and the International Stoke-Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation and must meet the standards for eligibility as outlined by these organizations. Qualifying times must be met in competitions observing these same rules.

All times are subject to verification. Participants must be 18 years or older on race day. Please see for further details on qualifying times per age group.

The legendary B.A.A. Boston Marathon course follows a point to point route from rural Hopkinton to Boston, and is certified per the guidelines set forth by the IAAF and USA Track and Field.

The course is lined with 24 Fluid Replacement Stations and 26 American Red Cross First Aid Stations.

The only guaranteed way to get to the start in Hopkinton on race morning is by the
official B.A.A. buses between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Bus loading will take place at the
TREMONT STREET side of the Boston Common in Boston?s Back Bay area. In order to load all the buses efficiently, avoid delays and get to the start on time, the B.A.A. recommends following a bus-loading schedule which relates to bib number.
NOTE: Transportation to the start is for official runners only. Each runner must show his/her bib
number upon boarding. Transportation to the start is not provided for family or friends.
Limited transportation from Boston to Hopkinton to both parking areas (see following page) will be available after the race at no charge. Buses leave from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. from the corner of Stuart and Berkeley Streets. Partcipants must show your race number upon boarding.

The FAQ page on the Boston Marathon website posts information on race day transportation and road closures, as well as information for spectators:

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On April 17, 2004
Annie said ...

The Boston Marathon is an undisputably magical experience. I say undisputably magical because even though I ran terribly, had horrible leg cramps, felt awful from the hot weather and from going out way too fast in the first was still exciting, amazing, and entertaining.

All 26.2 miles are fully lined with spectators who are cheering you on. Runners wear clothes with their name on them or something funny and the spectators will call your name! Some runners dress in ridiculous outfits - the year I ran I saw a "Captain Cramp" in what must have been an extremely uncomfortable spandex suit with large letter "C" on front.

Turning the final corner and seeing that finish line lined with thousands of people took my breath away. It is always an accomplishment to finish a marathon. But finishing Boston - no matter how well or bad you run - is a special experience.

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