UPDATE: The 2020 Boston Marathon has been postponed to Sept. 14 due to the ongoing situation surrounding the coronavirus. Other events on this list may be affected—if you’re unsure, please call ahead to confirm.
Not only is the Boston Marathon the world’s oldest annual marathon, it’s also one of the toughest. It takes place every year on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday in April. More than 30,000 participants — from top-notch runners to eager amateurs looking for a challenge — come to Boston from all over the world to participate, with around 1 million spectators cheering them on. For specific info about the Boston Marathon route and where to watch, check out our guide to the Boston Marathon route. Listed here are the best activities and events happening during the Boston Marathon, plus spots where you can enjoy both the race and a bite to eat. After the race, you can have a drink on behalf of the finishers at one of Boston’s best bars. If watching thousands of runners complete a marathon inspires you to be healthier, check out our list of Boston’s best parks, the best hikes near Boston, and Boston’s best healthy restaurants.
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