The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathon.
Each year it attracts not only thousands of area locals—both attending and watching—but also long-distance runners from all over the world. Not to mention national media attention.
This year, the race will be held on Patriots’ Day: Monday, April 15.
If you’re planning on attending the Boston Marathon, you’ve most likely done rigorous preparation and training to get yourself (both mind and body) ready.
But beyond the basics, there are a few essential things you need to know about America’s biggest race.
What to Expect at the Boston Marathon
The Boston Marathon starts on a Monday, but many racegoers suggest heading to town earlier in order to prepare.
There is a myriad of events that happen prior to race day, too, where you can purchase running products and get yourself acquainted with the city.
Race Day Logistics and Preparation
Picking up your bib: This year, ‘Number Pick-up Passes’ will be distributed electronically. You pick up your bib number at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo by using your pass.
The Expo hours are Friday, April, 12 (11-6PM), Saturday, April 13 (9-6PM), and Sunday, April 14 (9-6PM).
Morning of Preparation: It’s best to get to the run a few hours before the marathon start time. Check the temperature and dress accordingly; layers are a great choice so that you can shed them as you go. (Oftentimes discarded clothing is donated to charities, so keep this in mind when you dress!)
Be sure to eat a nutritious meal (early, so you won’t be cramping while running) and take water with you to stay hydrated before, during, and after.
Running Tips and Tricks
Don’t overdo it: You don’t want to have sore muscles on race day. Stay away from any strenuous exercise that can cause your muscles to be tense. This will help you avoid common running injuries.
If you do decide to exercise, be sure to properly warm up. (You’ll want to do this on race day, too.)
Work on Pacing Yourself: The Boston Marathon is known for hills. Heartbreak Hill is the most well-known, which occurs through the 16-21 mile markers. However, the biggest obstacle of the marathon route is not the uphill, but the downhill.
The first 4-5 miles of the race is all downhill, which can potentially start your run off too fast, leaving you tired at the end. As a marathon runner, it’s important to focus on pacing so that you can keep yourself from fatiguing early.
Now You’re Ready to Run
If you’ve been training for the Boston Marathon, there’s no doubt you’re ready. Just be sure to stay focused and energized so that you can head into race day with confidence.
To commemorate your race (or to give a marathon runner you love a memorable gift) you might want to purchase a piece of running jewelry. This is a tangible reminder of the accomplishment of completing the race.
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