How to watch the Boston Marathon on TV or the internet

Or listen to it on the radio.

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 Monday, hundreds of thousands of spectators will line the 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 121st Boston Marathon from the comfort of your home (or office).

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

The first start time is 8:50 a.m., for mobility impaired runners. To see the full list of start times, click here.


If you want to watch the race on TV…

Local coverage will be available on WBZ-TV (CBS). Pre-race coverage begins at 7 a.m., and race coverage starts at 9 a.m. Shalene Flanagan, from Marblehead, a three-time Boston Marathon runner who holds the record for fastest finish by an American woman, will cover the race alongside Lisa Hughes, Steve Burton, and Toni Reavis. Flanagan was forced to withdraw from this year’s race because of an injury. CBS will replay the race at 8 p.m. on myTV38.

There will be live national coverage on NBC Sports Network. A preview show will air Sunday at 8 p.m. Live coverage of the race will air Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a marathon replay will air Monday at 8 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. Joe Mathieu, Tom Cuddy, and Sharon Barbano will host the coverage, and a team of reporters will be along the course.

If you want to live stream the race… will stream coverage beginning at 9 a.m., covering the marathon in its entirety. 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.


National audiences can live stream via NBC Sports.


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