Boston Marathon 2019: All You Need to Know

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The Boston Marathon 2019 takes place on April 15, on Patriot’s Day. Here are some things one needs to know about the race

Weather

In 2018 it rained on Marathon day. On April 15, rain is also in the forecast. There should be downpours in the morning, and scattered showers throughout the day.

Temperatures should rise into the 60s. The wind will be gusty in the afternoon and will cool down in the evening.

Race Schedule

Due to chilly temperatures and heavy rain, the marathon organizers have changed the start time.

Runners who have been assigned to the fourth wave will begin their race immediately after the third wave starts. Originally, there has been a 25-minute gap between the two waves.

Now, the third wave will begin at 10:50 a.m. ET and the fourth wave will immediately follow

The grand marshal of the Boston Marathon 2019 will be the winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, Meb Keflezighi. He will leave the starting line at 8:50 am ET in Hopkins. This is 12 minutes before the first scheduled race.

9:02 a.m. ET – Men’s Wheelchair

9:04 a.m. ET – Women’s Wheelchair

9:25 a.m ET. – Handcycles and Duo Participants

9:32 a.m. ET – Elite Women

10:00 a.m. ET – Elite Men

10:02 a.m. ET – Wave One

10:25 a.m. ET – Wave Two

10:50 a.m. ET – Wave Three

Wave Four will immediately follow Wave Three

Marathon Safety

There will be over 30,000 runners and hundreds of thousands of onlookers at the 2019 Boston Marathon, and safety is paramount.

In 2018, over 2,500 participants of the marathon required medical treatment. Organizers this year will be doubling the number of weather shelters. This year, there will be eight shelters instead of four, and one will be in each town the runners will enter.

MEMA will provide over 50 buses in case spectators and runners want to get out of the rain.

Spectators may be asked to go through security checkpoints and may be asked to have their bags inspected.

Items which are not permitted around the route are:

Weapons any kind or items which can be used as a weapon such as firearms, mace, and knives

Rolling bags and suitcases

Backpacks or similar item one carries over the shoulder

Coolers

Cans or glass containers

Explosives or fireworks, flammable liquids or fuels

Any container which has the capacity of holding over 1 liter of liquid

Handbags, packages, or bulky items which are 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)

There will also be a No-Drone Zone along the course route.

Traffic

There will be closure and restrictions on Marathon Day.

Monday is a holiday for some people, and schools are in spring recess.

State offices will be closed and MBRA services are on a weekday schedule with rush-hour service prior to and after the marathon completes.

On Monday the HOV lane will be closed and resume on Tuesday.

The following Roads will be closed:

In addition, roads will be closed during the following time periods at each race location.

Hopkinton, 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET

Ashland, 7:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. ET

Framingham, 8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. ET

Natick, 8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. ET

Wellesley, 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. ET

Newton, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. ET

Brookline, 9 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. ET

Boston, Variable – 6:30 p.m. ET

The Boston Marathon 2019 for the first time falls on One Boston Day and is the six-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

There will be a memorial for the bombing victims unveiled on race day on Boylston Street. The artists of the memorial had said it would be completed by the summer.

Written by Barbara Sobel

Sources:

WCVB: All you need to know about 2019 Boston Marathon

Featured and Top Image Courtesy Of BU Interactive News – Creative Commons License

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