By Daria Belov
The 113th Boston Marathon takes place Monday, April 20, 2009. Like many marathons we’ve covered in the past, we’ve researched what runners and spectators most commonly seek, and have organized a basic guide to start times, maps & routes, live TV & Internet coverage, and other details related to the Boston Marathon 2009 race.
(photo: Boston Marathon Mile 17 – credit: Paul Keleher)
113th Boston Marathon – Monday, April 20, 2009 The Boston Marathon race distance is 26 miles, 385 yards (42.195 Kilometers). Most importantly, registration for the 2009 Boston Marathon is closed, and an estimated 25,000 runners are entered. The 114th Boston Marathon is scheduled to be run on Monday, April 19, 2010. Watch for application information near dates around September 2009.
Boston Marathon Start Time — Boston Marathon start for Elite Women is scheduled at 9:32 a.m. After Elite women start, the race will feature 2 waves, with Wave 1 starting at 10:00 a.m. (blue bibs numbered 1,000 – 13,999), and Wave 2 starting at 10:30 a.m. (yellow bibs numbered 14,000+).
2009 Boston Marathon Qualifying Times — This is not your ordinary “I think I’ll go out and exercise” type of marathon. To qualify to run the Boston Marathon, entrants must run a qualifying time at a certified marathon. Qualifying times are determined by a persons age on the date of the Boston Marathon in which you will be participating. Visit the Official Boston Marathon Website to view a list of times related to qualifying standards. Boston Marathon participants must be 18 years or older on race day.
Boston Marathon Map — Like events we’ve seen in the past, the marathon site will likely get a lot of traffic on race day so try and download a course map in case the website is not accessible at times during race day. Here is a down-loadable map in pdf format (includes information regarding elevation, has the detailed marathon course, and includes broken heart at mile 20 – 21 aka Heartbreak Hill). If the map does not load in your browser, try right clicking the link to save file as or try this Gif Image Version of the 2009 Boston Marathon Course Map. Logan International Airport is located about 5 miles from the finish line (as you’ll see on the map) making it easier to return home after the race is complete.
Boston Marathon Route — The 2009 marathon course starts on Main Street in the town of Hopkinton and follows Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley to where Route 16 joins Route 135. The Boston Marathon course continues on Route 16 through Newton Lower Falls to Commonwealth Avenue, turning right onto Route 30. The course continues on Commonwealth through the Newton Hills, bearing right at the reservoir onto Chestnut Hill Avenue to Cleveland Circle. The route turns left onto Beacon Street continuing to Kenmore Square, and follows Commonwealth Avenue. The course turns right onto Hereford Street (against normal vehicle traffic flow) then left onto Boylston Street, finishing near the John Hancock Tower (the tallest building in Boston) in Copley Square, Boston.
Boston Marathon Live Coverage — Local CBS station WBZ (channel 4 in Boston) has Boston Marathon live televised coverage, Boston Marathon updates on the news website, and even a Twiiter feed for the race. Visit wbztv.com/bostonmarathon for live local online coverage and watch channel 4 (WBZ) for Mile by Mile live race updates.
Boston Marathon on Twitter — Follow the bostonmarathon for Boston Marathon News tweeted via WBZ in Boston. For those of you familiar with Twitter, use #bostonmarathon hashtags and search bostonmarathon OR Boston Marathon for continuous live online updates (and likely many posted Boston Marathon Photos).
Boston Marathon Live Online — Besides the WBZ news website, visit Universal Sports live race day coverage to watch the 2009 Boston Marathon Live Online. Live online marathon coverage begins at 9am locally and is not restricted to New England web viewers, as the coverage from Universal is available globally.
Who to Watch — From the USA in Elite women watch Kara Goucher wearing bib #8. Also from the USA watch Ryan Hall in bib #2. Check out the coverage on Universal Sports for more details on top runners in this years race.
Chiropractors, massage therapists, and medical personnel have been working hard keeping runners healthy and in top performance shape, here’s to you running your personal best in this years Boston Marathon 2009!
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