How to watch the Boston Marathon live on TV or the internet

Shalane Flanagan will cover the race with the WBZ-TV team.

The 118th running of the Boston Marathon on April 21 is a momentous occasion for the city. After the bombings at last year’s race that killed three people and injured 264 others, this year’s Marathon Monday is expected to garner extra attention from spectators and media locally, nationally, and even internationally.With more people watching at home and along the race’s route (along with increased security and restrictions), it is more important than ever to be prepared for however you choose to watch. Whether you want to be near the starting line, the finish line, or just watching on TV, our viewing guide will help you plan ahead and enjoy the race exactly as you intended to.
The 2014 Boston Marathon. –Bill Greene/Globe Staff

On April 15, hundreds of thousands of spectators will line the Boston Marathon route from Hopkinton to the Back Bay to watch tens of thousands of runners give it their all. If you don’t want to deal with traffic and crowds but still want to stay up to date on the race, you’re in luck. There are plenty of ways to keep tabs on the 2019 Boston Marathon from the comfort of your home (or office). Here’s what you need to know to watch the marathon live:

First of all, here’s when the race starts:

The first start time is 9:02 a.m., for mobility impaired runners. You can view a full list of start times here.


If you want to watch the race on TV…

Local coverage will be available on WBZ-TV (CBS). Pre-race coverage will begin at 7 a.m., and race coverage will start at 9 a.m. Shalane Flanagan, who holds the Boston record for fastest finish by an American woman, will cover the race alongside Lisa Hughes, Steve Burton, and Toni Reavis. CBS will replay the race at 8 p.m. on myTV38.

Live national coverage will air on NBC Sports Network. A preview show will air Sunday at 4 p.m. Live coverage of the race will air Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For program and channel information, check your local listings.

If you want to listen to the race on the radio…

WBZ NewsRadio 1030 will begin coverage at 9:15 a.m. Jeff Brown, Sharon Barbano, and Tom Cuddy will host the coverage, and there will be a team of reporters along the course.

You can also listen to the coverage on the iHeartRadio app.

If you want to live stream the race… will stream coverage beginning at 9 a.m. Their team will also have a camera fixed on the finish line throughout the day. However, if you are outside of New England or your company’s computer servers are outside of New England, you won’t be able to view the elite portion of the race, from about 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., because’s online streaming rights end at the New England border for that portion of the race.



Photos: The Boston Marathon through the years: