Insider's Guide to Marathon Monday
The day you’ve been waiting for all year is fast approaching - Patriots Day. Students will gather together to cheer on the runners and enjoy the beautiful day. Marathon Monday has so much to offer beyond our campus! Here are some of the best nearby events, places to spectate, and special deals to take advantage of:
John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo: The annual Sports and Fitness Expo will be open at Hynes Convention Center on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. With over 200 exhibitors, you can find all kinds of sports gear, athletic clothing, and free giveaways! Though the expo is a great pick-up location for the runners, it’s free, open to the public, and will have many speakers and events to get non-runners pumped for the marathon.
Pre-Race Dinner: Come carbo-load at the pre-race dinner at City Hall Plaza near Faneuil Hall on Sunday, 4:30-8 p.m. You can purchase your tickets at the Sports & Fitness Expo for $20, but all runners eat for free. There’ll be live entertainment as well!
Starting Line: In Hopkinton, feel the anticipation in the air as the runners begin their journey.
Mile 12: It’s here where the woman at Wellesley College give out kisses, motivating the runners to keep on pushing as they reach the halfway mark.
Mile 21: Home sweet home. The energy after Heartbreak Hill will be especially powerful this year as Boston College graduate and the school’s assistant track coach Tim Ritchie will be running.
Kenmore Square and Fenway: As the runners come into the home stretch of the marathon, cheer them on and help them make the final push! You’ll most likely be among the liveliest crowds on the entire route.
Copley Square: Downtown you watch the runners cross the finish line, and celebrate as they finally achieve their goal!
For a detailed map of the event with sponsors, mile-markers, and landmarks along the route, check out the official Boston Marathon course map:
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Red Sox: Don’t have $375 to shell out for the “VIP Red Sox Experience” at Fenway on the day before the marathon? No worries! Although the package includes includes breakfast with a player, a private tour, and club seats for the game against the Blue Jays, it’s a little-known secret that 300 face-value tickets for every game are put aside beginning two and a half hours before the first pitch at the easily-overlooked Gate C ticket window on Lansdowne Street.
Juice Press: Recently opened on April 16, this new Chestnut Hill juice bar will reward runners and non-runners alike with a free juice or smoothie. The offer must be redeemed between April 18 and April 20.
Bon Me: From April 6 through April 18, you can stop at any location and receive a free homemade Thai-Basil Limeade. The only catch? You need to wear athletic clothes from head-to-toe.
MET Back Bay: From Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17, runners and non-runners can pig out on a bottomless bowl of lasagna bolognese and garlic bread for only $19.
Whatever your plans are for Monday, be careful and be smart! Access to hospitals is limited due to the traffic of the marathon. Below is a group of items that authorities are recommending not to bring in order for everyone to be safe.