Spectator information for raceday

With unprecedented crowds and security expected along the 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon route on Monday, it will be important to know the following information:


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).


The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the BAA 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 click here for information on how to download the free app.


Text "Boston" to 69050 to report suspicious activity and call 9-1-1 in an emergency situation. Follow @bostonpolice for race safety updates.


Vehicle traffic will be prohibited and parking will be restricted on many streets in Boston in the days leading up to the Boston Marathon and on Marathon Monday. The Boston Transportation Department strongly recommends that the public use the MBTA to travel to and from Boston on this day.

Click here for a full list of race closures in Boston on Monday.


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 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 www.mbta.com/events.


To accommodate a larger field size, the Boston Marathon will use a four-wave start in Hopkinton:

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 a.m. -- Elite Men’s Start & Wave One

10:25 a.m. -- Wave Two

11 a.m. -- Wave Three

11:25 a.m. -- Wave Four

Information provided by the Boston Athletic Association and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.