Boston Marathon guide
With more than 200 exhibitors, the Boston Marathon Expo is a premier gathering for the running industry. The general public is invited to join top athletes and running enthusiasts to check out new running products and services. The Expo takes place at the Hynes Convention Center from Friday, April 12-Sunday, April 14. More info here.
Whether you choose to watch the marathon at the starting line, the finish line, or somewhere in between, the Boston Marathon route has many unique viewing spots. Help the runners make it up Heartbreak Hill, cheer with the kids at Boston college, mingle with Red Sox fans at Kenmore Square, or watch as runners cross the finish line.
Head to this Wellesley College spot where supporters turn the volume up to 11. It’s halfway through the race, so runners will need a big push. You’ll also see students with decorative signs displaying encouraging messages.
The annual Patriots’ Day game (first pitch: 11:05am) is a special Red Sox tradition and part of the holiday’s festivities. It’s the only morning game on MLB’s schedule, and takes place as thousands of runners hit the streets for the Boston Marathon. The area around Fenway is buzzing all day, but even more so as fans exit the game in time to see the runners pass the Citgo sign.
Cheering for all those runners can work up an appetite. Fenway in particular is a great place to eat during the race. From Hojoko and Eastern Standard to Sweet Cheeks and Tasty Burger, the options are many. Once in the Back Bay, go fancy at spots like Deuxave or Uni, or celebrate like you just ran 26.2 miles with a big-ticket meal at Abe & Louie's.