What you need to know about the 2017 Boston Marathon

121st Boston Marathon

Athletes' Village

HOPKINTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Thousands of runners are gathering in the small town of Hopkinton Monday morning, at the starting line of the 121st Boston Marathon.

At least 30,000 people are expected to make the 26.2-mile run to Boston’s Copley Square, after crews spent the last week getting the course ready for the world-famous race. According to the Boston Athletic Association, more than 6,200 athletes have traveled from 94 countries to take part in the 26.2-mile race.

The Boston Marathon is held each year on Patriots’ Day, and is the world’s oldest consecutively-run marathon.

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The 26.2-mile course runs through the following communities on the way to Boylston Street:

  • Hopkinton
  • Ashland
  • Framingham
  • Natick
  • Wellesley
  • Newton
  • Brookline
  • Boston

Here are the start times for the different groups participating:

  • Mobility impaired: 8:50 A.M.
  • Men push-rim wheelchair: 9:17 A.M.
  • Women push-rim wheelchair: 9:19 A.M.
  • Handcycles: 9:22 A.M.
  • Elite Women: 9:32 A.M.
  • Elite Men and Wave 1: 10:00 A.M.
  • Wave 2: 10:25 A.M.
  • Wave 3: 10:50 A.M.
  • Wave 4: 11:15 A.M.

How to track runners in the Boston Marathon

If you are running, or are heading to Boston to celebrate, don’t forget to send your Boston Marathon photos to ReportIt@wwlp.com

Click here to view a map of the Boston Marathon Route on your mobile device.