118th Boston Marathon race course

BOSTON (WWLP) – Last year, runners had to stop just one mile short from the finish line.   This year, many will return to run the whole way.

Preparations to get the course clear, safe, and secure have been going all week, and the runners are ready.

The annual trek from Hopkinton to Boston is roughly the same distance as running from UMass to downtown Springfield.

The Boston Marathon is the country’s third largest marathon with it previously having about 23,000 finishers annually. This year they are expecting about 36,000 .

The race will start on Route 135 or East Street in Hopkinton.

Then, it’s five miles through Ashland to Framingham, another 3 miles to Natick, and the halfway mark falls at 13 miles in Wellesley on Center Street.

Runners will then hit their stride on Route 16 going through Newton on Commonwealth Avenue, up Chestnut Hill and, through Brighton and Brookline, hitting the 25 mile marker, where many heard the explosions at the finish line last year and were unable to finish.

This year, runners’ eyes are on the 26.2 mile finish line on Boylston Street by the Boston Public Library.

For a closer look at the race course click here.

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