125th Boston Marathon Taking Place Today!
After a 30-month gap, the Boston Marathon returns on today, October 11 with the 125th running of the world’s oldest annual marathon. For the first time since the inaugural event in 1897, the race was canceled and run virtually last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 125th Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, Oct. 11, but with some notable changes. For one, this is the first time the race has been held in the fall.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, April’s date for the race was postponed to October. The race was canceled last year because of the pandemic, but they held a virtual race instead. This year, there are only around 20,000 participants while there are typically over 30,000.
Because it’s the first Boston Marathon in person since 2019, before the pandemic began, there are some new rules participants must follow. There’s a rolling start for the first time in the race’s history so that runners can social distance. The Athletes’ Village in Hopkinton, where the runners can usually stay, will be closed. Additionally, runners must be vaccinated or have proof of a negative test to participate in the race.
8:02 a.m. Wheelchair Men
8:05 a.m. Wheelchair Women
8:30 a.m. Handcycle and Duo Teams
8:37 a.m. Professional Men
8:45 a.m. Professional Women
8:50 a.m. Para Athletes
9:00 a.m. to Noon : Rolling start for all runners