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The 2015 Boston Marathon

The 119th Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual marathon and one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events, will take place this year on April 20. The multiple-division race, including mobility-impaired, push-rim wheelchair, handcycles, elite women and men, and four waves of time-qualified runners, begins at 8:50 a.m. on the historic course which starts on Main Street, in Hopkinton, and finishes near the John Hancock Tower, in Copley Square.

The Boston Athletic Association manages this American classic, which is sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services. The Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity and method of gaining entry into the race (via qualification).

Spectators intending on watching the 2015 Boston Marathon from anywhere along the 26.2-mile course may be asked to pass through security checkpoints, and law enforcement officers or contracted private security personnel may ask to inspect bags and other items being carried. Spectators are encouraged to carry personal items in clear plastic bags to enhance public safety and speed security screening.

For course map and additional spectator information, visit