If the winds cooperate, it's looking like a near-perfect day for running as the 113th Boston Marathon will get underway at 9 a.m. with the start of the mobility impaired division. At 9:22 a.m., the wheelchair division will start, followed the elite women at 9:32 a.m., the elite men and wave one at 10 a.m., and finally the rest of the runners at 10:30 a.m.
Skies are cloudy and temperatures are cool, which is good for the runners, but there will be a significant headwind. Forecasters say the temperature in Hopkinton will be 43 degrees at the start, with winds of between 10 and 15 miles per hour. The forecast for Boston calls for a temperature of 48-50 degrees, but the wind -- out of the east at 15 to 25 miles per hour -- may be a significant factor.
"As far as any rain is concerned, it will hold off until the end of the day," reported Ch. 7 (WHDH-TV) meteorologist Dylan Dryer this morning.
Be sure to check our stride-by-stride blog to check the leaders' progress on the course throughout the race today. We'll also have plenty of photos and video leading up to and throughout the race.
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes