If you want to take in the action at the 2016 Boston Marathon—or if you’re just trying to catch a glimpse of someone you know—getting there early is a must. But just how early should head out to the course?
That all depends on who you’re trying to see. Starting times for the runners are staggered between 8:50 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on Marathon Monday. In nearly two-and-a-half hours, more than 30,000 runners will cross the starting line in Hopkinton and begin their 26.2-mile trek toward Boylston.
Below are the start times for all groups in the 120th Boston Marathon:
- Mobility impaired: 8:50 a.m.
- Men’s push-rim wheelchair: 9:17 a.m.
- Women’s push-rim wheelchair: 9:19 a.m.
- Handcycles and duos: 9:22 a.m.
- Elite women: 9:32 a.m.
- Elite men and wave one: 10 a.m.
- Wave two: 10:25 a.m.
- Wave three: 10:50 a.m.
- Wave four: 11:15 a.m.
Heading out to the course? Be sure to leave these seven items at home.