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PATRIOTS’ DAY

MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017

PARTICIPANT GUIDE

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Make it

Your Moment

The 26.2 miles from Hopkinton

to Boston are marked by inspiring

moments from days gone by,

paving the way for all of those yet

to come. As the cycle of history

continues, new records will be set

and champions crowned. From

the second you begin running, the

course will forever be altered by

your race. Right on Hereford. Left on

Boylston. Crossing the finish line is

the ultimate reminder that you are

following in the footsteps of legends.

© 2017 John Hancock JHAD520


TABLE OF CONTENTS

PRE-RACE

Parking in Boston............................................................................................................................ 6

Bib Number, Packet, & T-Shirt Pick-up............................................................................................ 6

Bib Number..................................................................................................................................... 8

121 st Boston Marathon ® Pre-Race Dinner........................................................................................ 8

Gear Check on Boylston Street........................................................................................................ 8

RACE DAY

Transportation to the Start.............................................................................................................. 9

Athletes’ Village.............................................................................................................................. 9

Corral Loading Schedule............................................................................................................... 10

Parking in Hopkinton.................................................................................................................... 10

Hopkinton Map............................................................................................................................. 11

Rules & Regulations...................................................................................................................... 12

Timing & Scoring Procedures........................................................................................................ 12

Course Amenities.......................................................................................................................... 13

B.A.A. Athlete Search.................................................................................................................... 13

Course Map................................................................................................................................... 14

Finish Area Map............................................................................................................................ 16

Finish............................................................................................................................................ 16

Family Meeting Areas.................................................................................................................... 17

TCS Race Information Centers...................................................................................................... 18

AT&T Athlete Alerts...................................................................................................................... 18

Results.......................................................................................................................................... 18

POST-RACE

Awards & Official Awards Ceremony............................................................................................. 19

Mile 27 Official Post-Race Party presented by Samuel Adams....................................................... 19

Medical Information..................................................................................................................... 20

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.............................................................................................. 14

. Team Registration

. Post-race Troubleshooting

. Official Apparel by adidas

. Official Photos: Marathon Foto

. Live Race Day Broadcast Coverage

. Web Site Coverage

cover photo: PhotoRun

FRIDAY, APRIL 14

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

. Boston Marathon Bib Number Pick-up (10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.)

John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center

900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Registered athletes pick-up their official bib numbers.

. John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo (10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.)

John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center

The 40th annual John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo featuring more than 200 exhibitors.

Complimentary admission courtesy of John Hancock, Conventures, Inc., and the B.A.A.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15

. B.A.A. 5K (9:30 a.m.)

Charles Street at Boston Common

. Boston Marathon Bib Number Pick-up (9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.)– see Friday, April 14

. John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo (9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.)– see Friday, April 14

. B.A.A Invitational Mile (12:00 p.m.)

Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston

. B.A.A. Relay Challenge (2:00 p.m.)

Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston

An event for youths who are part of Club 121, a B.A.A. Youth Running Program. This event is presented

by the B.A.A. in partnership with adidas and the City of Boston.

SUNDAY, APRIL 16

. Boston Marathon Bib Number Pick-up (9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.)–see Friday, April 14

. John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo (9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.)–see Friday, April 14

. Pre-Race Dinner (4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.)

City Hall Plaza, Boston

A complimentary dinner for official participants. Guests may purchase additional tickets for $25 at the Party

Ticket Booth in the Number Pick-up Area of the Expo.

MONDAY, APRIL 17

. 121 st Boston Marathon; Hopkinton to Boston, Massachusetts

START TIMES

Mobility Impaired (Early Starters)

8:50 a.m.

Push-Rim Wheelchair Division - Men

9:17 a.m.

Push-Rim Wheelchair Division - Women & Duo Participants 9:19 a.m.

Handcycle Participants

9:22 a.m.

Elite Women

9:32 a.m.

Elite Men and Wave One

10:00 a.m.

Wave Two

10:25 a.m.

Wave Three

10:50 a.m.

Wave Four

11:15 a.m.

. Official Awards Ceremony (5:00 p.m.)

Fairmont Copley Plaza

The top 10 overall men and women; men’s and women’s wheelchair champions; top three Age Group

winners in all divisions; and top three Visually Impaired finishers will receive their awards. Ceremony is

open to the public.

. Boston Marathon Mile 27

Official Post-Race Party presented by Samuel Adams (6:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.)

Fenway Park, Boston

The Official Post-Race Party, presented by Samuel Adams, will feature a range of Samuel Adams

products, including the official beer of the Boston Marathon, 26.2 Boston Brew, on tap. Guests may

purchase additional tickets for $25 at the Party Ticket Booth in the Number Pick-up Area of the Expo.

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PRE-RACE

GETTING TO THE HYNES VETERANS MEMORIAL CONVENTION CENTER

Number Pick-up and the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo will be located at the

John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center at 900 Boylston St. in Boston.

The John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center is located just blocks away

from the Hynes Convention Center stop on the MBTA’s Green Line, as well as from the

Green Line’s Copley station, near the Boston Marathon finish line.

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PARKING IN BOSTON

Race Week

On-street parking in Boston’s Back Bay is extremely limited during race week. There

a re a number of parking garages in the area; however, public transportation is strongly

encouraged.

Race Day

Boston parking meters are not in effect on Patriots’ Day. Due to road closures and traffic

congestion, spectators will be unable to drive near the finish area.

Parking

. Garage at 100 Clarendon

(Inaccessible during marathon hours on race day

due to road closures)

. Copley Place Parking (2 Copley Place)

. Prudential Center Parking

(Huntington Avenue)

. Boston Common Garage - Charles Street

(Inaccessible on race morning)

BIB NUMBER, PACKET & T-SHIRT PICK-UP

Included in this mailing and within your Runner Passport ® is your official Bib Number

Pick-up card, printed with your bib number. YOUR BIB NUMBER PICK-UP CARD AND

A PHOTO I.D. ARE REQUIRED TO PICK UP YOUR BIB NUMBER. Please verify the

accuracy of all personal information on this card. If any changes need to be made, please

e-mail registration@baa.org or call (508) 435-6905.

To pick up your bib number, bring your number pick-up card to:

John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center

900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Friday, April 14, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 15, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 16, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Security personnel reserve the right to check any bags that are brought into the Hynes

Convention Center.

Please be prepared to show your photo I.D. If you have lost your number pick-up card,

a duplicate will be issued upon presentation of a photo I.D. A solutions center will be

set up in the Number Pick-up area for this purpose. Complete instructions, safety pins,

and a gear check label will be enclosed with your bib number. After you receive your bib

number, you will be directed to pick up your t-shirt and race packet.

We require that all participants claim their own bib number at the John Hancock Sports

& Fitness Expo during normal expo hours. Friends or family will not be allowed to

claim your bib number for you. The official bib that is assigned to you by the B.A.A.

for the 2017 Boston Marathon must be visible at all times on race day while on/in B.A.A.

buses and other B.A.A. vehicles; entering, and in, the Athletes’ Village in Hopkinton; in

the start area corrals and start area; on the race course; and in the finish area in Boston.

Your bib number may not be altered or copied in any way and may not be transferred to

another participant or another B.A.A. event.

No bib numbers will be available for pick-up on race day, Monday, April 17.

Runners’ t-shirts will be packed into your race packet. A clear plastic finish area gear

check bag, which you may use to check belongings on Boylston Street on race day, will

be provided. After you pick up your number, you will be directed to tables that indicate

available t-shirt sizes (Men’s: S– XL; Women’s: XS – XL).

Boston Marathon ® Weekend

John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo SM

APRIL 14, 15, 16, 2017

Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts

EXPO HOURS:

Friday, APRIL 14 th 10 AM – 6 PM

Saturday, APRIL 15 th 9 AM – 6 PM

Sunday, APRIL 16 th 9 AM – 6 PM

FREE ADMISSION

• Boston Marathon ® Number Pick-Up

• Official Boston Marathon ® Merchandise

• The latest in footwear, apparel, gear and

sports nutrition

PRODUCED BY:

www.conventures.com

For more information on the Expo, visit www.sportsfitnessexpo.com


PRE-RACE

BIB NUMBER

Your official race bib number has important information printed on it and, therefore, it

is critical for it to be clearly displayed on the front of your torso during the entire race.

. Do not alter, fold, cover, or reproduce the bib number in any way.

. Bib numbers are not transferable or exchangeable. No one else may wear your bib

number.

. Fill in necessary medical and emergency contact information on the reverse side of

your bib number.

. Do not go back on any part of the race course, and do not cross the finish line twice.

. The B.A.A. asks participants not to post close-up pictures of their bib number on social

media before the race to avoid fraudulent bib duplication. If an athlete is found to have

duplicated a bib number, or if his/her bib number has been duplicated by another party,

the athlete will be subject to disqualification. Upon receiving a bib number by way of

qualifying, as a guest, or as a fundraiser for charity, the athlete takes sole responsibility

for their bib number. The B.A.A. will disqualify anyone found to have duplicated a bib

number, or been the source of a duplicated bib number.

121 ST BOSTON MARATHON PRE-RACE DINNER

Join runners from across the country and around the world at Boston’s City Hall to fuel

up on delicious foods and experience the camaraderie and high energy of this pre-race

celebration. The Boston Marathon Pre-Race Dinner will feature a buffet and live entertainment.

PLEASE NOTE: No backpacks will be allowed at the Pre-Race Dinner.

City Hall, Boston

Sunday, April 16, 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

. Free admission for children under 12.

. Additional tickets for family and friends ($25 each) will be on sale at the Party Tickets

Booth at the Boston Marathon Number Pick-up area of the Expo.

Directions: City Hall Plaza, located in downtown Boston, is within easy access of all

major hotels and public transportation.

Via Public Transportation: Government Center Station, the closest MBTA stop to City

Hall, is on the Green and Blue Lines. You can also get off and walk from Haymarket

Station (Green or Orange Lines), or State Street (Orange and Blue Lines). Taking public

transportation is strongly advised.

GEAR CHECK

There will be a “no bags” policy for the Boston Marathon. To learn more about this and

about allowable items on race day, please visit www.baa.org.

On race morning, participants may check their plastic finish area gear bag at designated

gear check tents on Boylston Street between Arlington and Berkeley Streets. This area is

two blocks east of the finish line and one block west of the Boston Public Garden. Signs

on the gear check tents will be color coded by waves with numbers corresponding to

participant bib numbers, indicating where to drop your bag. A pre-approved finish area

gear check bag will be included with your race packet at Number Pick-up. The clear

drawstring bag measures 18” x 19” with a 5” gusseted bottom and is labeled on one side

as your finish area gear bag. No other bags will be accepted.

In your race packet, you will receive a pre-printed adhesive label with your bib number

on it that should be used for gear check. You must affix the label to your approved gear

bag before handing it to race personnel. The drawstrings on the bag should be cinched

and tied to ensure that your belongings do not fall out. No gear check bags will be

allowed on the B.A.A. shuttle buses to Hopkinton.

GEAR CHECK (CONTINUED)

Start Area Bag: At number pick-up, all participants will receive a small, one gallon plastic

Start Area Bag (primarily used for food items) that will be allowed on B.A.A. buses

and in the Athletes’ Village. This is the only bag allowed on buses or in the Athletes’

Village.

Absolutely no bags (other than the plastic Start Area Bag) will be transported from

Hopkinton to Boston.

Hours of Operation: Gear check bags may be checked on Boylston Street between 5:30

a.m. and 8:45 a.m. on Monday, April 17. Gear check bags may be claimed from 12:30

p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17. Do not check any valuables. Although we will

do our best to ensure that your gear is waiting for you at the end of the race, we are not

responsible for lost items and/or gear check bags.

Unclaimed Gear: Gear check bags not claimed by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17, will

be transported to the Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center at 40 Trinity Place,

located at the corner of Stuart Street and Trinity Place. Gear check bags may be claimed

on Tuesday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 19.

TRANSPORTATION TO THE START (NEW LOCATION FOR 2017)

The recommended way to get to the start in Hopkinton on race morning is by

using the official B.A.A. buses beginning at 6:00 a.m. Bus loading will take place

on Charles Street between the Public Garden and Boston Common. Buses will be

loaded according to the wave to which you have been assigned. In order to load all the

buses efficiently, avoid delays, and get to the start on time, we strongly recommend the

following bus loading schedule:

BIB NUMBERS COLOR WAVE BUS LOADING

101–7,700 Red 6:00– 6:40 a.m.

8,000–15,600 White 7:00–7:40 a.m.

16,000–23,600 Blue 8:00–8:40 a.m.

24,000– 32,500 Yellow 8:45–9:45 a.m.

NOTE: Transportation to the start is for official participants only. Each participant must

show his/her bib number upon boarding. We are not able to provide transportation to

the start from Boston for family and friends. Limited transportation from Boston to both

parking areas in Hopkinton will be available after the race at no charge. Buses will run

between 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. from the corner of Stanhope and Clarendon streets.

You must show your bib number upon boarding.

ATHLETES’ VILLAGE

Buses from Boston and Hopkinton parking areas will drop you off at Hopkinton High/

Middle School, where you will enter the Athletes’ Village, a large staging area where you

will have time to relax and stretch. Light refreshments, Poland Spring Water, Gatorade

Endurance Formula, Gatorade Prime, Clif Bars, Rainier Apples, bagels, bananas, tenting,

and portable toilets will be available. You must show your bib number upon entering.

You may wear additional layers of clothing on B.A.A. buses and at the Athletes’ Village

for warmth before the start of the race. Any clothing that you do not want to wear

during the race must be discarded in Hopkinton and will be donated to a local charitable

organization.

In order to exit the Village and enter the corrals in an efficient and orderly fashion,

runners will leave the Athletes’ Village according to their assigned wave, bib number,

and corral assignment, and will be directed down Grove Street to Main Street. NOTE:

Your starting corral is in a square box printed on your bib. It can also be found on

your Number Pick-up Card. Please do not stop along the way.

PRE-RACE

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CORRAL LOADING SCHEDULE

WAVE BIB COLOR EXIT VILLAGE CORRALS START TIME

9:05 a.m. Corrals 1 & 2

RED 9:10 a.m. Corrals 3 & 4 10:00 a.m.

9:15 a.m. Corrals 5 & 6

9:20 a.m. Corrals 7 & 8

START AREA

Hopkinton, MA

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9:40 a.m. Corrals 1 & 2

WHITE 9:45 a.m. Corrals 3 & 4 10:25 a.m.

9:50 a.m. Corrals 5 & 6

9:55 a.m. Corrals 7 & 8

10:05 a.m. Corrals 1 & 2

BLUE 10:10 a.m. Corrals 3 & 4 10:50 a.m.

10:15 a.m. Corrals 5 & 6

10:20 a.m. Corrals 7 & 8

10:30 a.m. Corrals 1 & 2

YELLOW 10:35 a.m. Corrals 3 & 4 11:15 a.m.

10:40 a.m. Corrals 5 & 6

10:45 a.m. Corrals 7 & 8

NOTE: The above times are approximate and may vary slightly. Please listen for the

announcements.

PARKING IN HOPKINTON

Parking in Hopkinton is extremely limited and security measures may slow access

from the parking areas for spectators and runners. We STRONGLY recommend that

all entrants take the official B.A.A. buses from Boston to Hopkinton on race morning, as

it is the only way we can ensure that you will get into Hopkinton.

Please note that the roads within the town of Hopkinton close at 7:00 a.m. and no street

parking will be available. Limited runner parking is available at the South Street lot and

volunteer/spectator parking at the Hopkinton State Park on Route 85.

Once these lots are full, we will only allow runner drop-off at a designated lot on South

Street. Plan accordingly and give yourself ample time. Expect delays! Please do not park

illegally, as it will jeopardize the transportation system and will result in the vehicle

being towed at the owner’s expense. There will be no on-street parking allowed in

the town of Hopkinton.

Hopkinton State Park parking and shuttle service is for volunteers and spectators only.

Registered runners parking at this location and using this shuttle will not be transported

to the Athletes’ Village and will have to walk an additional one mile from the drop-off

point to the Village. These runners may be subject to additional security screening to enter

the Village. Registered runners are requested to use the shuttle buses from the South

Street parking lots in order to ensure timely arrival at the Athletes’ Village.

Directions from Boston to South Street parking lot – Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to

Route 495 South to exit 21B. Also take exit 21B if coming from Route 495 North.

Or from Boston and all other directions to the Hopkinton State Park – Massachusetts

Turnpike (I-90) to Route 9 (exit 12). Follow Route 9 West to Route 85 South.

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RACE DAY

RULES & REGULATIONS

. Runners will be lined up on Main Street only. Follow signs to your particular corral,

which is located about .7-mile from the Athletes’ Village.

. All runners are numbered according to qualifying times, facilitating a start and pace

comparable to others with similar qualifying times. Runners should line up in the

corral they have been assigned.

. Bib numbers are color-coded. Red bibs (numbers 101–7,700) are assigned to Wave

1. White bibs (numbers 8,000–15,600) are assigned to Wave 2. Blue bibs (numbers

16,000–23,600) are assigned to Wave 3. Yellow bibs (numbers 24,000–32,500)

are assigned to Wave 4. Please start in the corral and the Wave to which you have been

assigned. Your starting corral is printed beneath your runner’s number on your bib.

. You may move from your assigned Wave and Corral to a later Wave or Corral. For

example, if you are assigned to Wave 1, you may move back to Wave 2, Wave 3, or

Wave 4 in any corral EXCEPT the first corral in any Wave. However, you may NOT

move to an earlier Wave or Corral. For example, you may not move from Wave 4 to

Wave 3, from Wave 3 to Wave 2, or from Wave 2 to Wave 1. Violators are subject to

penalties and/or disqualification.

. Remain in your assigned area for the benefit of both yourself and other competitors.

Please cooperate and play fair.

. Measures will be taken to disallow unauthorized participants from starting

within the official seeded sections. Official runners are asked to assist the

marshals by reporting unauthorized participants who may have entered a

corral. Only official runners with a B.A.A.-assigned bib number may enter a corral.

. Cooperate with the marshals at the Athletes’ Village, Start, and Finish.

. Runners will not be allowed to warm up in front of the starting line at any time.

. Clothing left at the Athletes’ Village, Start, and Finish will be donated to charity.

. For safety reasons, animals, strollers, in-line skates, skateboards and like vehicles of

any kind are not permitted.

. Although the B.A.A. discourages the use of personal music players and headphones,

they are allowed except for athletes who declare themselves eligible for prize money.

. Violators are subject to disqualification.

. There are additional toilets in Hopkinton at the Athletes’ Village and in the CVS

Pharmacy parking lot. Please use these units and NOT private property. Trespassing

is illegal, and the law will be strictly enforced. Violators are subject to immediate

disqualification and possible action by local law enforcement officials.

NOTE: Persons with disabilities will receive additional, special instructions by April 1.

TIMING & SCORING PROCEDURES

The B.A.A. uses a timing tag attached to the back of your bib number to score

the race. This bib number with timing tag must be worn on the front of your

running jersey or outermost garment from start to finish in order for you to be

recognized as completing the race and receiving an official finish time. If you do not

complete the entire race course within the period of time in which official race

times are recorded (6 hours from the time the last official starter in the fourth

wave crosses the start line), you will not be recorded in the official race results.

It is important that your bib not be forcefully bent, creased, or heavily wrinkled, as

damaged timing tags may not work on race day. The timing tag identifies your bib

number and should not be worn by any other entrant. All you must do is wear the bib;

computers do the rest.

TIMING & SCORING PROCEDURES (CONTINUED)

The B.A.A. uses “net” time as your official time. Your time, which will appear in the

official results, will begin when you cross the start line. This will enable us to provide

you with and score you by the net time that it took you to run the 26.2 miles of the

race. It is this net time which can be used as your qualifying time for the 2018 Boston

Marathon, and it is the time printed on your finisher’s certificate.

COURSE AMENITIES

. Fluid Replacement

Poland Spring Water and Lemon Lime Gatorade Endurance

Formula stations will be set up along the course beginning at

Mile Two. Note that the stations are staggered on each side of

the road, i.e., the station on the right side will fall immediately

prior to a similar station on the left side of the road. This is done

to avoid runner gridlock, and we urge runners not to cross over

from one side of the road to the other at the water stations.

. Energy Gel Stations

Three Clif Shot Energy Gel stations will be located on the course:

mile 11.8 on the Wellesley town line; mile 17 in Newton; and at

mile 21.5 just after Boston College.

. Course Clocks and Mile/Kilometer Signage

Digital clocks, positioned at every mile and 5K mark, indicate the unofficial running

time from the 10:00 a.m. start only. Signage indicates mile and 5K marks.

. Drop out

Runners unable to finish the race may stop for assistance and direction at one of the

26 American Red Cross first aid stations along the course.

Sweep buses pick up runners at every Red Cross station with drop-off at the Finish

Area medical tent. Aid stations along the course close at staggered times during the day.

Finish area facilities officially close at approximately 5:30 p.m.

. Course Closure

Runners still out on the course when officials determine that it is time to reopen the

roads (approximately a 14:23 minute-per-mile pace) will be instructed to move to the

right side of the road. Once roads begin to reopen to vehicular traffic, course infrastructure

(such as timing systems, course clocks, medical stations, and water stations)

will all begin to close and cease operation. Runners on the course after this time

accept that they will be on their own and should plan accordingly. The B.A.A. will

have a team of cyclists in the rear of the pack to assist runners who are at or slower

than 14:23-minute-per-mile pace.

. Toilets

For your convenience and use during the race, the B.A.A. provides toilets at every

water and Red Cross station, as well as at additional locations along the course.

Please respect the communities through which the Boston Marathon runs by taking

advantage of these facilities, if needed.

. B.A.A. Athlete Search

The B.A.A. will post every 5-kilometer split to its website. Family and friends can track

your progress by logging in and entering your name or bib number. The “face” of the

Boston Marathon website will change on race day and the process of how to search

will be clear.

RACE DAY

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he historic course starts on Main Street in the rural New England town of Hopkinton

Tand follows Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley to

where Route 135 joins Route 16. It continues along Route 16 through Newton Lower

Falls, turning right at the fire station onto Commonwealth Avenue, which is Route 30.

It follows Commonwealth through the Newton Hills, bearing right at the reservoir

onto Chestnut Hill Avenue to Cleveland Circle. The route then turns left onto Beacon

Street continu ing through Kenmore Square, and under Massachusetts Avenue.

The course turns right onto Hereford Street (NOTE: against normal traffic flow) then

left onto Boylston Street, finishing near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.

©2017. All rights reserved. No portion of this map may be reproduced without permission

of the Boston Athletic Association. Boston Marathon®, B.A.A. Marathon, and the B.A.A.

Unicorn logo are registered trademarks of the Boston Athletic Association. Use of these

trademarks without written permission from the Boston Athletic Association is prohibited.

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Official JetBlue Course Map

Gatorade and Poland Spring

are available to runners at

every mile mark along the

course and at the finish line.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

. Team Registration

Registration deadline is March 31. For more information, go to:

www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/team-competition

. Post-race Troubleshooting: B.A.A. Office

Contact the B.A.A. at (617) 236-1652 or registration@baa.org.

. Official Apparel by adidas

Official B.A.A. apparel by adidas will be available for purchase in the

Family Meeting Area.

. Official Photos: Marathon Foto

Official race photos will be taken by representatives of

Marathon Foto, who will be stationed along the course

and at the Finish. Proofs will be e-mailed to participants

and will be available for purchase at www.marathonfoto.com.

. Live Race Day Broadcast Coverage

Local TV: WBZ-TV; National TV: NBC Sports Network

. Live Race Day Website Coverage

http://www.nbcsports.com; www.baa.org

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FINISH

At the finish, walking along Boylston Street, volunteers will direct you to:

. Medical support: two complete and staffed medical tent facilities will be at the finish.

The B.A.A. is not responsible for race-related injuries and athletes are responsible for

individual expenses incurred. Only runners needing medical attention will be allowed

to enter the medical areas.

. Poland Spring Water, Finisher Medals, Heatsheet® Blanket, Gatorade Endurance

Formula, Clif Bar, Food Bags, Poland Spring Water, Gatorade Recovery Beverage and

additional products.

NOTE: You do not need to return your bib/timing device. It is yours to keep.

There will be two locations for you to exit from the Boylston Street finish area to the

Family Meeting Area, shown on the map above. Travel east from the Finish Line up

Boylston Street, then right onto Berkeley Street, exiting either (1) right on St. James

Avenue or (2) right on Stuart Street. If you use the Gear Check on Boylston Street, after

retrieving your bag you will still need to exit following the path described above.

FAMILY MEETING AREA

We encourage participants to make plans for reuniting with family and friends prior to the

race. Arrange to meet friends or family in the Family Meeting Area located off of the finish

area exits on Berkeley Street at St. James Avenue and Stuart Streets. The Family Meeting

Area is located on St. James Avenue and Stuart Street from Clarendon Street to Berkeley

Street. Alphabetically lettered signs will be posted, enabling your supporters to meet at the

sign containing the first letter of your last name.

Look for AT&T’s Communication Centers in the Family Meeting Area. At each of these

stations, you will be able to make a complimentary call to your friends and family.

These stations make for an easy designated post-race meeting location for you and your

supporters.

. Remember that collecting your medal, fluids, and refreshments may take considerable

time. Please advise your friends and family accordingly and ask them to be patient.

. Due to road closures, inform your friends that they will not be able to drive vehicles

close to the finish area.

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RACE DAY

NOTE: Limited transportation from Boston to both parking areas in Hopkinton will be

available after the race at no charge. Buses will leave between 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 pm.

from the corner of Stanhope and Clarendon streets. You must show your bib number

upon boarding.

TCS RACE INFORMATION CENTERS

TCS Race Information Centers can be found in

important locations during race weekend:

. John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo

(see hours in Schedule of Events)

Friday, April 14 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 15 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 16 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

. Copley Square

Saturday, April 15

Sunday, April 16

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

. Hopkinton Athletes’ Village

Monday, April 17 6:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

. Family Meeting Area, Stuart Street in Boston’s Back Bay

Monday, April 17 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

. B.A.A. 5K Information Booth, Boston Common

Saturday, April 15 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

TCS Race Information Centers are your best source for information on the

Boston Marathon, the City of Boston and more!

AT&T ATHLETE ALERT

Join the #ATTNetworkOfSupport and cheer on your favorite Boston

Marathon athlete! Simply text RUNNER to 234567 to receive your

AT&T Athlete Alerts. You will receive six race day text alerts as your

athlete reaches the 10K, 13.1-mile, 30K, 35K, 40K, and Finish Line!

You will receive up to 8 texts per bib number. Message & data rates may

apply. Text STOP to cancel. Text HELP for help. Available on participating

carriers only. Privacy Policy at: www.att.com/privacy.

RESULTS

All results are unofficial until they appear in the official 121 st B.A.A. Boston Marathon

Racers’ Record Book.

. Complete results will be available following the race via the internet at: www.baa.org.

. The B.A.A. will email individual results promptly to competitors who complete the

course within the period of time in which official race times are recorded (six hours

from the time the last official starter in the fourth wave crosses the start line).

. Participants who do not complete the course within this time period will not be

recorded in the official race results.

AWARDS & OFFICIAL AWARDS CEREMONY

Winners of the men’s and women’s divisions receive their olive wreath, medal, and

Champion’s trophy at the victory stand from city and state dignitaries immediately after

their finish. The top 10 overall men and women; the men’s and women’s wheelchair

champions; the top three Age Group winners in all divisions; and top three Visually

Impaired finishers will receive their awards at the Official Race Awards Ceremony at the

Fairmont Copley Plaza from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Prize money for the men’s and women’s

top 15 overall, top five 40-and-over, and top 10 push rim wheelchair divisions will be

awarded based on gun time. All other divisions and age-group awards will be based on

net time. Awards are courtesy of Long’s Jewelers. The Official Race Awards Ceremony is

free and open to the public.

RUNNERS MEN WOMEN

Overall top 10 top 10

40–44 top 3 top 3

45–49 top 3 top 3

50–54 top 3 top 3

55–59 top 3 top 3

60–64 top 3 top 3

65–69 top 3 top 3

70–74 top 3 top 3

75–79 top 3 top 3

80+ top 3 top 3

PUSH-RIM WHEELCHAIRS

Open top 5 top 5

Quad-class top finisher top finisher

VISUALLY IMPAIRED top 3 top 3

TEAMS

Open Champion Champion

40-and-over Champion Champion

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. A limited number of additional tickets for both the Pre-Race Dinner and Post-Race

Party may be purchased at the Party Tickets Booth at the Expo. Pre-Race Dinner: $25

per person; Post-race Party: $25 per person. Tickets will not be available for purchase

at the door.

. Boston Marathon Mile 27 will feature live entertainment, a presentation of the day’s

winners, Samuel Adams products, full ballpark concessions, and weather permitting,

access to the warning track.

POST-RACE

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MEDICAL

The B.A.A. and the Boston Marathon Medical Team urge all runners to consult their personal physicians prior to

training and running the marathon. Traditionally, distance running is a safe and healthy form of exercise, but there are

inherent risks associated with running extreme distances, especially if you have certain pre-existing medical

conditions. Only a physician familiar with your personal medical history, current health status, medications, and your

pre-existing risk factors can advise you as to whether you are fit to run the Boston Marathon. Taking these simple

steps and heeding the advice of your personal physician will give you the ability to make the right decisions and enjoy

a healthy race.

SERVICES

HYDRATION, DEHYDRATION, AND HYPONATREMIA

The B.A.A. and the Boston Marathon Medical Team have provided registered runners information

on proper fueling through various participant newsletter e-mails. It’s important for runners to be

aware that there are many risks involved in running a marathon. It must also be understood that

a runner’s susceptibility to a particular risk will depend on a number of different factors, including

factors unique to the individual runner. Medical knowledge and medical therapies relating

to distance running are continuing to evolve and develop. For instance, one of the risks which is

receiving attention is hyponatremia, and there are studies which indicate that females (a little more

than males), runners with a slight build, runners that take over four hours to complete the course,

and those taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve, ibuprofen,

naproxen, etc.) may be particularly susceptible to this risk. This is usually associated with weight

gain. One suggestion for runners is to measure their weight before and after a training run. One

should finish a long run at about the same weight or up to 2% below their pre-run weight. Changes

above or below these levels may be predisposed to hyponatremia or hyperthermia, respectively. It’s

your responsibility to understand your specific fluid needs and not over drink before, during, or

after the event. Unfortunately, no one study is definitive or comprehensive. Therefore, the B.A.A.

and the Boston Marathon Medical Team urge all participants to read publicly available materials

and educate themselves fully about the medical risks associated with running a marathon. One

common misperception is that a runner should drink more on a hot day to avoid hyperthermia. The

best method is to slow down the pace. It is also common for a over hydrated who does not feel well

at the finish, to think they are dehydrated and continue drinking which could lead to seizures and

death. It is usually safe to drink once one has voided.

It’s very important for runners to determine hydration needs prior to the race. However, as a rough

guide, if you’re a fast runner on a pace of less than 3:30:00, drinking about 16 oz. per hour is

usually adequate. If you’re on a pace to finish in more than 4 hours, about 8 oz. per hour is usually

adequate. There are frequent water/Gatorade stations along the course for your convenience.

However, it’s not necessary to stop at every station. This could result in over-hydration. It is also

very important to not over-hydrate at the end of the race. Rehydration should be gradual over the

next 24 hours. Two ways to continually monitor your fluid status in training are to measure your

weight, stripped down, before and after a run. You should gain no weight and typically lose up to

2% of your body weight. After determining your fluid needs, stick to this plan during the race. The

second is to make sure your urine stays yellow, not clear (overhydration) and not dark like apple

juice (dehydrated), both are key indicators when determining your hydration status.

. Medical Services - The Start in Hopkinton

The Athletes’ Village will have two medical tents that can offer assistance with most last minute

medical needs. Band-Aids, Vaseline, a pre-race stretch, or just a word of encouragement can be

offered by our medical team. Please complete two very important tasks before leaving the

Athletes’ Village: 1.) Write your current or pre-event weight on the back of your bib. This figure

may help us determine if you’ve been over-drinking during the event. 2.) It is also very important

that you complete the emergency contact information on the back of your bib. Information such

as allergies, medical conditions, and two emergency telephone numbers should be included. If

possible, one of the emergency contact numbers should be that of someone waiting for you near

the finish.

. Medical Services - On-course

The American Red Cross provides 26 medical aid stations strategically located along the course.

Each tent is staffed with a variety of medical professionals, offering basic first aid to those in

need. Course medical coverage is supported with ambulances and EMS bike teams provided by

Fallon Ambulance, American Medical Response, and Cataldo Ambulance Company.

. Sweep Medical Bus Program

Medical sweep buses are positioned along the course at aid stations. These buses are available to

runners who cannot finish the race and/or may have a minor medical problem. Each bus is

staffed by medical volunteers who are available to provide first aid. A runner may choose to rest

on the bus while it is parked at a first aid station. However, once the bus begins to move, the

runner is no longer an official entrant and you will not be given an official finish time. Once on

the bus, the runner may not re-enter the course to complete the marathon. Medical Sweep buses

are required to travel from aid station to aid station and do not travel directly to the finish area

in Boston. Once you arrive in Boston, you have the option of seeking care in our medical tents or

entering the gear check area to pick up your clothing.

. Medical Services - Finish Line/Finish Area

WEATHER

Medical teams are located at the finish line and the main medical tent, which is located on Preparing for cold weather:

Dartmouth Street. A second tent/facility is located farther down on St. James Street at Berkeley April in New England can be cold and rainy, so runners must dress properly. Approximately 60% of

Street. Additional members of the medical team are staffed along recovery zones leading to the body heat is lost from the head. Please wear appropriate clothing. At the 17-mile mark (entering

Family Meeting Area. Medical personnel can be identified by their scarlett volunteer jackets. If Newton) when crossing Rte. 128, you may experience strong, cold, crosswinds. After you finish the

you are injured or feeling ill, please seek out a member of the medical team for aid.

race, change out of any wet gear as soon as possible. Heatsheet® Blankets will be available at the

. Massage Therapy Services

finish. This product helps retain body heat, in the event of cold weather, or reflects radiant heat,

Massage therapy is offered to athletes on a limited, first-come first-served basis. Treatments may in the event of warm weather. Our best advice is to seek out family and friends to assist you. Traditionally,

last from five to 15 minutes. Post-event massage in Boston is offered at the Dorothy Quincy Suite

the Family Meeting Area can be cold and windy; a plan to find post-race support groups

inside the Back Bay Events Center at the corner of Berkeley and Stuart Streets near the Family should be an important part of every runner’s post-race checklist.

Meeting Area. Expected wait time for a massage varies with the number of volunteer massage Preparing for warm weather:

therapists available at the time.

Of all the adversities that runners and marathoners face, heat is the number one offender. This is

. After You Cross the Finish Line

because it can bring on two conditions that can negatively affect your performance: overheating

During any prolonged physical activity, the body’s blood supply is usually redirected to the and dehydration. At times, the unpredictable nature of Boston’s weather, especially in April, can

extremities and away from internal organs. Runners should continue to walk after finishing the offer warmer than normal temperatures, placing runners at risk for the potential of exercise

race. Standing still or stopping can cause nausea, dizziness, and weakness – normally resulting induced heat illness. The degree of risk is determined by two key factors, heat and humidity.

with a runner passing out. Walking will help redirect your blood to vital organs, so it is advisable Simply stated, when both factors are present runners are encouraged to slow down from their

to keep moving. In any event, if you think you need help, ask one of our medical personnel for normal pace. If you are experiencing an illness (fever) or cold, your risk factors will increase.

assistance.

Deciding not to run when temperature extremes are present or stopping if heat illness becomes an

issue is vital to your safety. Failure to do so can result in a rapid rise in temperature to dangerous

. Medical Expenses

levels, which may damage the heat regulatory mechanism in the brain. The symptoms of impending

heat illness include weakness, heat sensation on the upper body, a feeling of being light headed,

Participants are solely responsible for any medical expenses incurred from participating in the

Boston Marathon, including ambulance transfers and hospital stays.

confusion, blurred vision, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, a generalized sensation of tingling

. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

in the neck and shoulders which can progress to disorientation, profound weakness, and collapse.

Together with the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association, the Boston Athletic

Association presents a video of “hands only” CPR. To view the video and learn more, go to:

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MEDICAL


MEDICAL

1. Public address announcements stating the risk of heat illness or hypothermia will be made in

Hopkinton at both the Athletes’ Village and at the starting line. Be aware that extreme weather

changes may occur after the start of the race.

2. Fluids are available before, during, and after the race. The medical team suggests you drink a

pint of fluid two hours before the start and then take fluids along the course at regular intervals

and as needed based on personal experience. Note: medical problems can arise from excessive

(hyponatremia), as well as insufficient intake of fluids. Both water and Gatorade Endurance

Formula will be available at each aid station along the route. Gatorade will help replace some

of the minerals lost during exercise, but will not prevent hyponatremia. If you feel ill along

the course, we strongly recommend that you seek medical attention at one of the American

Red Cross First Aid Stations.

3. Twenty six (26) American Red Cross First Aid Stations are located along the route and mobile

emergency vehicles are positioned for transport to major medical centers. Teams of medical

personnel are located at the finish line to assist participants in need of attention, and these

teams are supported by a larger medical station located just past the finish line at the corner

of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets.

4. If you are feeling ill and experiencing medical problems, you are strongly urged to withdraw

from the race. Red Cross, local EMS, and buses staffed with medical personnel will pick you up

at any of our Red Cross First Aid Stations or along the route. Participants will be transported to

the Finish Area at the rear of the primary medical tent. In some cases you may be transported

to a local hospital for follow-up care. We ask that you have hospital staff contact us once you

arrive.

The responsibilities of every participant:

1. Consult your physician before starting any exercise program. If you have a known personal or

family history of heart problems regardless of how insignificant you feel this is (such as mitral

valve prolapse), you should obtain a medical consultation from a physician trained in the area

of exercise and related heart conditions. If you suffer from exercise induced chest pain,

shortness of breath, dizziness or passing out, you should also consult such a physician before

training or running in the marathon. The extremes of this competition place much stronger

stresses on the heart than normal daily activities or recreational running.

2. Fill out the emergency information on the reverse of your bib number, including medical

history and your pre-race weight.

3. Listen and understand the meaning of local weather forecasts. Know the risks of participating

in extreme temperatures of either range and plan accordingly. Both heat related injuries and

hyponatremia are life threatening conditions. Adjust your race and hydration plans. DO NOT

OVER DRINK!

4. Develop and implement your individual plan for hydration. Be prepared to adjust your plan

given the weather conditions and how you are feeling during the race. Learn to judge your

fluid intake by your weight changes with running and in different conditions.

5. If you experience or feel you are about to experience a medical problem, ask for help

immediately. It is foolish and dangerous to abuse your body.

6. Help your fellow participants. If you notice a runner in distress, ask if help is needed. When

appropriate, obtain assistance from our course medical groups, or local fire, police, and EMS

personnel.

Please visit the official B.A.A. website for up to date information regarding medical and/or

weather instructions - www.baa.org. Also refer to the frequent Participant Newsletter

e-mails sent in the lead-up to race day for important information.

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