Monday April 17th, 2017 will mark the city’s 121st Marathon, and there is no doubt a lot of preparation goes into the event. Whether it is your first or 121st marathon that you have seen or participated in, there are many considerations to keep in mind for the day.
In Boston, this day is no joke. Many schools shut down campus with anticipation for the event, for the entire Bostonian community comes together to cheer on the runners, run, or generally celebrate the day throughout the city.
Here is your ultimate guide to navigating your way around this year:
Here is the map of the route for a bird’s eye view of what is going on provided by the Boston Athletic Association.
Starting in Hopkinton, the race moves West to East through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and ending in the center of Boston.
Beware of the many, many road closures throughout the city. Avoid trying to drive in any areas near the marathon; not only will there be no parking, but it will take hours to get around due to the crowds. Taking public transportation is a highly recommended alternative (Beware: it’ll still be crowded on the T too).
Unfortunately, if your destination is not within walking distance, the MBTA is your next best option; however, public transit holds its own rules as well.
The Copley station will be closed, since this stop is a pretty central and crowded location for the race. Arlington, Prudential, Hynes Convention Center, and Back Bay are all still stations that will be open. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. the South Street (B Branch), Kent Street (C Branch), and St. Mary’s Street (C Branch) above-ground Green Line stations will be closed.
T’s subway, trolley and commuter rail trains will operate a regular weekday schedule.
The MBTA will not allow bikes on their buses/trains on Monday or even Sunday evening, and the MBTA parking garages will be pay-on-entry and only accepting cash.
Public drinking will not be allowed, this includes having open containers and being openly intoxicated at the race. Furthermore, congregating on rooftops, porches, fire escapes and the like will be prohibited to ensure the safety of the people.
The Boston Police Department will be on high alert and flooding the streets, ensuring everyone is having a safe and responsible celebration. They will also be restricting attendees from bringing in backpacks.
Wherever you are, whoever you are have a fun and safe Patriot’s Day and Marathon Monday! The weekend will be full of excitement and festivities, but it also is important to have a plan with your group. Boston Strong!