Well, it’s almost here. A lot of people have been asking about logistics, so here’s what I know so far:
DURING THE RACE
- My bib number is 28,999 (this is also available by using the participant search feature on the BAA website).
- I am in wave 4, corral 5. Wave 4 is scheduled to start at 11:15 AM.
- I will be wearing a blue Title IX Girls singlet with black cropped pants (I’ve never run in shorts, and am not going to start now!)
- Depending on the weather, I may or may not be wearing a visor
- My ultimate goal is to finish the race in under 6 hours. I’m hoping for a finish more between 5:30 and 5:45, but since this is my first marathon and I don’t really know what to expect, 6 hours is my goal. This would put me at the finish line somewhere between 4:45 and 5:15 (ish) PM.
The BAA has a few ways you can track runners:
- You can text RUNNER to 234567. You will then receive a text response with instructions on how to submit my bib number (28,999). You will get alerts at the 10k, 13 mile, 30k, 35k, 40k, and finish line.
- There will be an app available for download closer to Marathon Monday — search the App Store for Boston Marathon. Right now it’s the 2016 version that’s available, but the updated one will be ready by race day from what I understand.
- On Marathon Monday, the face of the BAA website (www.baa.org) will change to allow for easy tracking — simply visit the website and enter my bib number.
A lot of people have been asking where they should stand — wherever is easy for you to get to! Newton Wellesley Hospital can be a good spot, as it’s right next to the Woodland T Stop on the green line. The Firehouse in Newton, or anywhere along that stretch of hills is another good spot. Comm Ave, right before the turn onto Hereford St is a good spot, too, if you want to be closer to the finish line. If you do decide to try and watch from Boylston, remember that you need to go through security and have your bag checked to get onto Boylston Street.
Here are some links that might be helpful when you’re picking out your spots:
- This is one of my favorite pieces and gives a great overview of the course. I get chills every time I read it. You can get some good tips/ideas here.
- Boston.com viewing guide
- CBS Local viewing guide
- The BAA website has an interactive course navigator/map that’s pretty cool
Please let me know where you’ll be, and what side of the street you think you’ll be on (my left or my right) so I know to look for you!
A lot of people have asked if I’ll want/need anything that they can bring — TISSUES! My nose runs like a faucet (RUNS like a faucet….see what I did there?) when running. Also, 26 miles of consuming gels and blocks makes eating real food to fuel a treat — I’ve found that Quaker Chewy Granola Bars (chocolate chip or peanut butter chocolate chip) work well for me and my stomach while running!
As of now, we think the plan is to head to the Kinsale Pub in Government Center (2 Center Plaza). It’s far enough away from the finish line that it (hopefully) won’t be too crowded, they have food, and it’s heading in the right direction for me to get home. Plus, if I’m feeling alive enough, it’s not too far from Sullys. There’s a good chance that there will be a Bruins or Celtics playoff game that day, so that could make it a little more crowded but we should be ok (cross your fingers for a Celtics game, because if I have to miss a playoff game I might scream). Will update if that plan changes.
It’s going to take me a while to gather myself, use the bathroom, eat something, drink something, and get myself over there — so head over at your leisure and grab a beer or six while I get my shit together enough to come join you!
It’s getting real, kids!