Boston Marathon

Fall foliage created a uniquely stunning backdrop for the 2021 Boston Marathon

A Marathon Monday in October brought the jewel tones of autumn to the race course.

The Boston Marathon takes place in the fall this year. Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images

It’s been 910 days since the last Boston Marathon, and this year’s race looks a little different.

In addition to a rolling start and a reduced competitor field, the scenery is a noticeable change from years past. Usually held on the third Monday in April — and dotted with daffodils — this year’s race is surrounded by fall foliage, some bare trees, and a decidedly autumn atmosphere.

So what does this year’s route look like? Take a look at some of the scenic views of fall foliage from Hopkinton to Boylston. (And if you took a great fall photo at the 125th Boston Marathon and would like to share it, please email [email protected].)

Spectators cheer for runners just after the starting line in Hopkinton. – AP Photo/Mary Schwalm
Marcel Hug, of Switzerland, crosses the finish line to win the men’s wheelchair race. – Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images
Switzerland’s Manuela Schar races to the finish line and takes first place in the women’s wheelchair division. – Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images
Runners near the finish line on Boylston Street. – Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images
Runners turn onto Boylston Street for the final stretch.
A runner reaches out to touch a sign along the course. – Hilary Swift/The New York Times
Spectators cheer on runners as they reach the top of Heartbreak Hill in Newton. – Erin Clark/Globe Staff
Martin Mcnish celebrates after crossing the finish line. – Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe


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