Boston Marathon Weekend: Sunday Preparations and Road Closures

A million spectators are expected to cheer on the runners in this year's race

BOSTON (WWLP) – By 7 a.m. Monday, thousands of runners will be making their way to Hopkinton for the start of the 119th Boston Marathon.

Some 30-thousand runners will take off from the starting line for the 26.2 mile course, and the numbers only go up from there.

Of those 30,000 runners, who traveled here from 87 countries, there are 34 elite athletes competing.

They’re here to win, and not just for the glory. There’s $830,500 in prize money up for grabs.

There are plenty of other less glamorous ways organizers had to prepare for the athletes and spectators: with 150 pounds of petroleum jelly, 992 portable toilets, 108,000 safety pins, 28,200 bananas, 33,984 fruit cups, 35,000 gallons of water and 1.4 million paper cups.

A million spectators are expected to cheer on the runners in this year’s race, and it’s something for the city to cheer about. Boston is expected to bring in close to $182 million dollars from marathon spending this week.

There are of course 26 miles of course to cheer on the runners from. After Hopkinton, the athletes will travel through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton Lower Falls and Newton Hills before they reach the city.

It’s where the most people will be, and therefore the most parking restrictions and road closures in place.

22News is working for you with what you need to know if you’re heading east on Monday to watch. The good news is Patriot’s Day is a city holiday, so all parking meters in the city are free on Monday.

Back Bay parking will be restricted tomorrow because of preparations.

On Monday, streets by Boston Common will close at 5 a.m. At 6, parts of Boylston Street will close. By 8, it’ll include all streets east of Mass Ave and the pike exit 22, as well as west of Mass Ave in the Kenmore Square Audubon Circle area. By 8:30 a.m., Brighton streets leading to the route will also be blocked off.

You’re encouraged to use public transportation if possible. Trains run on a holiday schedule. Copley and Arlington T-stations are closed. South Street, Kent Street, and St Mary’s Street on the green line are also closed from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday.

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