22News breaks down Boston marathon route

22News looks at the marathon route

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP)- From the sound of the starting gun in Hopkinton to the roar of the crowd on Boylston Street; the marathon route has many twists and turns.  22News traveled along the route.

The runners start their 26.2 mile trek here on Main Street in Hopkinton.  Runners go off in different groups and waves.

It starts with the wheelchair division, followed by the elite women, the elite men and then the majority of the runners begin.

They are lined up about a mile in back of the starting line.  The first mile is the steepest downhill of the entire race.

Once you hit the Framingham train station, that’s the 6.5 mile mark.  Close to a 10K, so if you’ve ever run the Holyoke Road Race, you’d be done.  The marathon is comparable to running the Holyoke road race a little more than 4 times.

At Wellesley College the runners have reached the halfway point.  Runners will be approaching what’s called the “screech tunnel”, the name comes from all the students at Wellesley making a whole lot of noise.  13 miles down, 13 to go.

Next is Heartbreak Hill, a five miles stretch of  a series of 7 hills throughout Newton. Heartbreak being the final hill to conquer.  If you make it, the Heartbreak will be over and you’re onto the homestretch.

Between 2:30pm and 5pm, most of the runners will reach the finish line.  It’s where all the runners training pays off and it’s where this year we will all show that we are Boston strong together.


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