Boston Marathon

Live: The best moments from the 2016 Boston Marathon

We'll be updating this page with everything you need to know throughout the day.

Today is the 120th edition of the Marathon. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Happy Marathon Monday. Today, roughly 30,000 runners will take on a 26.2 mile course that begins in Hopkinton and ends on Boylston Street. Throughout the day, will be updating this page with live coverage and the race’s most-talked about moments. 


Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet crosses the finish line

Linking hands with her team, Haslet paused a step before the Boylston Street finish line and then stepped across with her prosthetic, raising her arms in celebration.

The first American to finish in the men’s division was a guy from Massachusetts

South Hadley native Zachary Hine came in 10th place, finishing the race in an impressive 2 hours, 21 minutes, and 37 seconds.

This photo of Jeff Bauman and his wife at the finish line is everything

Erin Bauman, the wife of Boston Marathon bombing survivor, Jeffrey Bauman crossed the finish line around 5:20 p.m. It was her first marathon since 2013 when she ran, and her husband came to see her finish. She never finished in 2013 and the first bomb near the finish line blew off Bauman's legs.

Bauman was there to meet wife Erin Hurley when she completed the marathon, and their embrace was pure inspiration and love.

This runner battled through intense pain to finish the Marathon

According to his bib number, the videoed runner is Michel Rojkind, a prominent architect from Mexico City, who collapsed against the barricades mere feet from the Boston Marathon finish line.

A friendly reminder for everyone taking public transportation this evening

They just ran 26.2 miles. It’s the least you can do.

Photos from the finish line are coming in, and they’re spectacular


As waves of competitors continue to cross the finish line, photographers are capturing the triumphant reactions.

Bombing survivor Patrick Downes crossed the finish line, then embraced his wife

Downes, who lost his left leg in the 2013 bombings, was met at the finish line by his wife, Jessica Kensky, who lost both her legs in the attacks. “She pushed through,” Downes said of his wife, “and all I did was exercise for a few hours.”

This year, 45 percent of runners in the Marathon were female. In 1980, just 10 percent were.

The 2016 Boston Marathon marks 50 years of women running Boston.

Donald Trump was a popular topic for Marathon sign-makers

#bostonmarathon #mile14 Best sign of the day

A photo posted by Missy Ansley (@mansley816) on

The GOP frontrunner was the subject of motivational signs that all seemed to make the same joke. 

Bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet passed through Wellesley’s “Scream Tunnel”

Haslet—who earlier in the day was the subject of a Facebook post from Tom Brady—was one of 17 people who lost a limb in the 2013 Marathon bombings. A professional ballroom dancer who danced across the finish line last year, Haslet is competing in this year’s Marathon with a running blade.

Here are the day’s best signs, including this dig at LeBron

The beginning of another amazing Marathon Monday. ???? #bosvictorylap #runbold #lululemon #bostonmarathon

A photo posted by Lindsay Arenson (@lindsayarenson) on

Some were encouraging—and some were very much out there. Here’s a full roundup of notable signs from the Marathon.

Man running Marathon with #RunnerNeedsAJob shirt does, indeed, need a job

Go! Go! Go! #RunnerNeedsAJob #BostonMarathon #boston2016 #RunBold

A photo posted by Stephanie C (@scox0204) on

According a Twitter account, the man’s name appears to be Brendan Cox, and he’s running with a shirt that says, “#RunnerNeedsAJob” on the back. A tweet from Cox says that he is currently a sophomore at University of Maryland studying marketing.

This spirit of the day, in one photo


Meb Keflezighi, the 2014 Boston Marathon champion, tweeted a photo of two runners helping to carry a third to the finish line.

A full list of the 2016 winners

The 2016 Boston Marathon brought a historic sweep for Ethiopia in the men’s and women’s races as well as a pair of repeat champions in the wheelchair divisions.

The men’s champion is just 21 years old, and that’s freaking some people out

Impressive? Yes. But Lemi Berhanu Hayle’s victory is also inspiring a bit of age-related dread in some Marathon viewers.

Boston’s most famous dogs supported the Marathon runners, too

Pikachu the Pekingese was just one of the internet-famous pooches who celebrated the day.

Bombing survivor Marc Fucarile completed the handcycle race, then thanked his bluetooth

Marc Fucarile in 2014.

Marc Fucarile in 2014.

Three years after losing a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, Fucarile finished the 2016 handcycle race with a time of 2 hours, 21 minutes, and 37 seconds. Afterward, he was thankful for the support he received—and for his bluetooth headset.

Lemi Berhanu Hayle is your 2016 Boston Marathon men’s division winner

The 21-year-old Hayle pulled away from fellow Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa, then celebrated with a victory leap.

Atsede Baysa made up a 37-second gap over the final five miles to win the women’s division

At age 29, this was Baysa’s first Boston Marathon. After overtaking Tirfi Tsegaye (also of Ethiopia) and Kenya’s Joyce Chepkirui, she coasted to a solo finish down Boylston.

This Marathon sign is adorable and makes zero sense

One dad took to Twitter to share his daughter’s message to runners. If you can figure out what it means, let us know.

Here’s one way runners are beating the heat

This runner seized his moment early, then fell back to the pack

Shingo Igarashi took an early lead in the men’s division of the Boston Marathon. Then, he came back down to earth.

Tatyana McFadden won the women’s wheelchair race, her fourth straight 


McFadden ran on behalf of the Martin Richard Foundation, created in honor of the 8-year-old who was killed in the Marathon bombings three years ago. After her victory, McFadden posed with the Richard family at the finish line.

We have our first Marathon fashion statement of the day

A runner was spotted on the course wearing an American flag Speedo (and a bowtie) by MetroWest Daily News reporter Danielle Ameden.

Watch the dramatic finish to the men’s wheelchair event

Marcel Hug of Switzerland—who won the 2015 men’s wheelchair event—defended his title by edging out Kurt Fearnley and 10-time champion Ernst Van Dyk. Watch the finish here.

Defending women’s champion Caroline Rotich has dropped out of the race

Rotich, who won the 2015 Marathon in striking fashion, dropped out of the race at the 5-mile mark.

This is what it looks like when a wave of runners take off

Waves one through four begin from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

The elite men are on their way

The first of the elite male runners generally cross the finish line around 12 p.m.

The elite women have begun

Expect them to begin crossing the finish line around 11:45 a.m.

What it’s like to run the Boston Marathon, from the POV of an Instagram star

Brian McWilliams has over 71,000 Intagram followers. Today, he’s running the Marathon. 

The Marathon’s massive economic effect, in one tweet

Last year, the Marathon generated $181.9 million, according to the Boston Athletic Association.

There’s plenty of room on the T right now, but don’t expect that to last

Public transportation—especially the Green Line—will be very crowded later in the day. Here’s our full guide to getting around the city.

A renowned distance runner shared this advice for anyone in today’s race

Josh Cox—a four-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier—posted these tips on his Twitter page.

They’re off, and the 2016 Boston Marathon is officially on

Here’s a full list of start times.

Mark Wahlberg was at the finish line this morning, filming scenes from his upcoming movie

 Patriots’ Day, currently set for a 2017 release, follows the events of the 2013 Marathon bombings. Here are more photos of Wahlberg donning a Boston Police Department uniform.

Here’s why there are thin blue lines on the final stretch of the marathon route this year

The Boston Police Department painted three thin blue lines on the race’s final Boylston Street stretch.

Today’s weather might be great for spectators, but not as ideal for the runners


Expect temperatures between 65 and 72 degrees today.

How to watch the Boston Marathon live, online or on TV

There are several options to watch today’s race if you don’t feel like going outside.

6 spots to watch from

These are some of the most prized viewing spots along the route.

The only Marathon map you need

A fully interactive map containing accessible T stations, dining options, and restrooms.

If you have to travel around the city today, here’s how to do it 

Public transportation will be a better option for getting into the city on Marathon Monday. But please note the MBTA plans to close several Green Line stops along the Marathon route, including Copley Station and several above-ground stops.

Many roads along the route (including Exit 22 on the Massachusetts Turnpike) will be off-limits during the Marathon. Here’s a full guide to getting around the city. 

The full list of road closures

Expect plenty of detours and road closures ahead of the Boston Marathon.

Expect plenty of detours today; here’s the full list of road closures.

10 bars where you can watch the Marathon live

Looking for a place to cheer on the runners? Here are 10 bars along the route, from Ashland to the home stretch.

If you’re going to the race, don’t bring these 7 banned items

Race fans cheer runners as they start the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014. in Hopkinton, Mass.

Backpacks and over-the-shoulder bags are among the items that are prohibited. See the full list here. 


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