When is the Boston Marathon

by Alicia
(Austin, TX, USA)

When Is The Boston Marathon?

When Is The Boston Marathon?

When Is The Boston Marathon?

Question: When is the Boston Marathon? My friends keep trying to get me to go with them to Boston for the marathon. I want to learn more about it, because I'd go with them to watch. But, if I'm going to run, I need to know if I have enough time to get ready for it.

Editor's Comments About the Boston Marathon

Hi Alicia, thanks so much for your question, "When is the Boston Marathon?"

If you're asking, you must have it on your marathon bucket list, or you have a friend preparing to run, and you're planning to be there (with thousands of others) to cheer them on! It sounds like it is a bit of both for you; either way, it is very exciting.

Before we jump into telling you a bit about the race, the question of if you have enough time to prepare depends upon your current level of fitness and running experience right now. It could be possible to tough it out and complete the 26.2 miles, but it may not be logical to do so without appropriate training. Take a look at our running workouts page for a bit more information.

Patriots' Day

To answer your question, the Boston Marathon always falls on the third Monday in April, Patriots' Day, a holiday in several States, commemorating the first battles of the American Revolution.

Where it is a holiday in Massachusetts, where the race is held, it has become tradition for spectators to line the course, cheering on all of the runners, from the para athletics division, elite athlete division, and the open runner division.

A Tradition

We have fond memories of watching and cheering every year in Wellesley, near where our father's office had been. It was awesome, even as a kid, to be a part of such a tradition. It is absolutely a passion that is passed down through generations.

The Crowds

Having run in 2016, it is easy to now realize how amazing the crowds really are. They're loud, encouraging, and they line almost every inch of the race course. If you're a runner hitting the wall, you won't ever find yourself without words of encouragement, pushing you to march forward. That aspect of it is like no other race or marathon in which we've been a part.

Great Luck and Enjoy!

I do hope that you'll be able to run the Boston Marathon someday soon, if it is a goal of yours. There are qualifying standards that many runners aim to meet, however, as popular are the open divisions, where many runners have pledged to raise funds and awareness for one of many charities that hold a number of entries. No matter which category you might fall into, it is a very special race to be celebrated. We'll wish you the best!

Hey everybody, we've answered Alicia's question, "When is the Boston Marathon?" But, we all know this historic race is so much more than that. If you've ever been a runner or a spectator, let's give her a little bit more, to get her pumped up for the race, by leaving your comments below!

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Sep 23, 2019
Keep Your Eyes on the Weather!
by: Emily

Hi Alicia,

It looks like you might be traveling from Texas, so whether you're a runner or spectator, keep your eyes on the weather, and pack your bags for just about anything.

Spring in Boston, in the middle of April, could give you anything from the heat and sun to overcast skies, rain, and wind (not a great combination for anyone!). Sometimes, you'll get both/all within the same hour.

Good luck,

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