2019 Boston Marathon: What You Need to Know

The 123rd Boston Marathon is April 15.

Schedule of Events, Traffic & Parking Advisories, and More

Updated 04/09/19

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES
Street closures and parking restrictions will be in effect in Boston

The Boston Marathon and the Patriot’s Day Parade will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019. The BAA 5K and the Invitational Mile will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Street closures and parking restrictions will be in effect in the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Fenway-Kenmore, North End and Government Center. People coming into the City for the events are urged not to drive their personal vehicles. Information on Bluebike rentals may be found here and information on the MBTA may be found here. For a faster return trip, the MBTA advises riders to purchase a round-trip rather than a one-way ticket. Walking is also a great way to move around Boston.

There will also be $15 unlimited rides available on the commuter rail and $5 Charlie cards available on Patriot’s Day.

Changes to the following traffic and parking plan may be made by the City of Boston’s Police and Transportation Departments for the purpose of advancing public safety and traffic management. It is important to read all posted signs and variable message boards carefully.

MONDAY, APRIL 15, BOSTON MARATHON
TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS

The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic on Monday, April 15, 2019.

3:30 AM Berkeley Street, between St. James Avenue and Newbury Street, and Boylston Street, from Berkeley Street to Arlington Street will close

5 AM Charles Street and Boylston Street, adjacent to the Boston Common and Public Garden will close

6 AM Boylston Street, Hereford Street to Berkeley Street will close

8 AM Streets east of Massachusetts Avenue and Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 22 will close

8 AM Streets west of Massachusetts Avenue in the Kenmore Square Audubon Circle area will close

8:30 AM Streets in the Brighton area leading to the route will close

*Boylston Street is expected to reopen at 8 PM; all other streets are expected to reopen at 7PM.

3:30 AM – Berkley Street and Boylston Street

  • Berkeley Street, St James Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Boylston Street, Berkeley Street to Arlington Street

5 AM –Boston Common Area

  • Boylston Street, Tremont Street to Arlington Street
  • Charles Street, Park Plaza to Beacon Street

6 AM – Back Bay

  • Boylston Street, Hereford Street to Berkeley Street

8 AM – Back Bay

  • Clarendon Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Dartmouth Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Exeter Street, Newbury Street to Huntington Avenue
  • Ring Road, Huntington Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Fairfield Street, Newbury Street to Boylston Street
  • Gloucester Street, Newbury Street to Boylston Street
  • Providence Street, Arlington Street to Berkeley Street
  • Trinity Place, St. James Avenue to Massachusetts Turnpike on-ramp
  • Boylston Street, Massachusetts Avenue to Arlington Street
  • Newbury Street, Arlington Street to Charlesgate East
  • St. James Avenue, Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Huntington Avenue (outbound), Dartmouth Street to Belvidere Street
  • Stuart Street, Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Blagden Street, Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street
  • Berkeley Street, Columbus Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Clarendon Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue
  • Dartmouth Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue
  • Exeter Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Huntington Avenue
  • Fairfield Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Gloucester Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Hereford Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Dalton Street, Belvidere Street to Boylston Street
  • Belvidere Street, Huntington Avenue to Dalton Street

8 AM – Kenmore Square

  • Beacon Street, Park Drive to Commonwealth Avenue
  • Brookline Avenue, Lansdowne Street to Commonwealth Avenue
  • Newbury Street Extension, Brookline Avenue to Charlesgate West
  • Commonwealth Avenue (inbound), from BU Bridge to Gloucester Street
  • Commonwealth Avenue (outbound), Hereford Street to Deerfield Street
  • Kenmore Street, Newbury Street Extension to Commonwealth Avenue (outbound)
  • Raleigh Street, Beacon Street Extension to Commonwealth Avenue (outbound)

8:30 AM – Brighton

  • Commonwealth Avenue, Beacon Street to Gloucester Street, and from the Newton City Line (Lake Street) to Chestnut Hill Avenue
  • Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill Avenue to the Brookline town line (Cleveland Circle)
  • Chestnut Hill Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue to Brookline town line at Ayr Road

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, BAA 5K and INVITATIONAL MILE TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS

On Saturday, April 13, streets along the routes of the B.A.A. 5K and the Invitational Mile will be closed to traffic.

At 6 AM, traffic will be prohibited from Charles Street, between Boylston Street and Beacon Street. The 5K will begin at 8:00 AM on Charles Street near the Center Gate of the Public Garden and is expected to last about one hour with roads opening up as the tail vehicle passes. An estimated 10,000 runners will turn right onto Boylston Street, right onto Arlington Street, left onto Commonwealth Avenue outbound via the underpass at Massachusetts Avenue, left onto Charlesgate West, left onto Commonwealth Avenue inbound via the underpass at Massachusetts Avenue, right onto Hereford Street, left onto Boylston Street, left onto Charles Street.

The Invitational Mile will start following the 5K. Formation will be on Boylston Street prior to Dartmouth Street, and the route will be Boylston Street, left to Dartmouth Street, left to Newbury Street and left to Exeter Street. Boylston Street, from Hereford Street to Clarendon Street, will be closed; along with Newbury Street, from Clarendon Street to Fairfield Street; and Exeter Street, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street.

All streets are expected to be open by 3 PM.

PATRIOTS DAY WEEKEND PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Parking will be restricted on several streets in Boston on Monday, April 15. Parking will also be restricted on some streets several days in advance of the weekend to allow for related event and Marathon preparations to take place. These temporary parking restrictions are as follows.

No Stopping April 3 to April 18

  • Blagden Street (opposite side of Library), Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street
  • Boylston Street (both sides), Exeter Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Boylston Street, heading east by Copley Square Mall, from Dartmouth Street to Clarendon St
  • Exeter Street (east side), Boylston Street to Blagden Street

No Stopping April 8-18

  • Blagden Street (north side), Dartmouth Street to BPL Driveway

No Stopping April 10-16

  • Exeter Street (west side), Alley 441 to Boylston Street

No Stopping Friday, Saturday & Monday

  • Beacon Street (Boston Common side), Charles Street to Joy Street
  • Boylston Street (both sides), Dalton Street to Arlington Street, unless otherwise posted
  • Dartmouth Street (both sides), Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Exeter Street (both sides), Newbury Street to Huntington Avenue
  • Trinity Place (both sides), St. James Avenue to Stuart Street

No Stopping Saturday to Monday

  • Cambridge Street (both sides), Court Street to Sudbury
  • Saint James Avenue (both sides), Berkeley Street to Arlington Street
  • Boylston Street (south side, even side), Arlington Street to Hadassah Way

No Stopping Saturday & Monday

  • Boylston Street (both sides), Arlington Street to Charles Street, unless otherwise posted
  • Charles Street (both sides), Boylston Street to Beacon Street
  • Saint James Avenue (both sides), Berkeley Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Stuart Street (both sides), Huntington Avenue to Arlington Street

No Stopping Sunday & Monday

  • Clarendon Street (both sides), Newbury Street to Public Alley 436
  • Berkeley Street (both sides), Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Newbury Street (both sides, Berkeley Street west to # 69 Newbury Street

No Stopping Saturday 12:01AM through 3PM

  • Newbury Street (both sides), Dartmouth Street to Exeter Street

“No Stopping Monday”

  • Arlington Street (both sides), Beacon Street to Stuart Street
  • Arlington Street (odd side), Columbus Avenue to Isabella Street
  • Beacon Street, Brighton (both sides), Chestnut Hill Avenue to Brookline Line
  • Berkeley Street (both sides), Columbus Avenue to Commonwealth Avenue unless otherwise posted
  • Charles Street (both sides), Boylston Street to Beacon Street
  • Charles Street South (both sides), Park Plaza to Boylston Street
  • Chestnut Hill Avenue (both sides), Commonwealth Avenue to Beacon Street
  • Clarendon Street (both sides), Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue unless otherwise posted
  • Cleveland Circle (both sides – Parking area adjacent to Cassidy Playground & parking area adjacent to Sutherland Road) from Beacon Street to Chestnut Hill Avenue, 24 hours
  • Columbus Avenue (both sides), Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Commonwealth Avenue (south, inbound side), Beacon Street at Kenmore Square to 80’ east of Hereford Street
  • Commonwealth Avenue, Lake Street to Chestnut Hill Avenue (inbound)
  • Dartmouth Street (both sides), Newbury Street to Commonwealth Avenue, Saint James Avenue to Columbus Avenue
  • Deerfield Street (both sides), Commonwealth Avenue to Bay State Road
  • East Dedham Street (both sides), Harrison Avenue to Albany Street
  • Exeter Street (both sides), Commonwealth Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Fairfield Street (both sides), Boylston Street to Commonwealth Avenue
  • Gloucester Street (both sides), Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Hanover Street (both sides), Congress Street to Commercial Street
  • Hereford Street (both sides), Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Kenmore Street (both sides), Newbury Street to Beacon Street
  • Nassau Street (both sides), from Washington Street to Harrison Avenue
  • Newbury Street (both sides), Arlington Street to Brookline Avenue
  • Plympton Street (both sides), Harrison Avenue to Albany Street
  • Raleigh Street (both sides), Bay State Road to Beacon Street
  • Stanhope Street (both sides), Berkeley Street to Clarendon Street
  • Scotia Street (both sides), Dalton Street to St. Cecilia Street
  • St. Cecilia Street (both sides), Belvidere Street to Boylston Street
  • Washington Street (both sides), from Oak Street to Nassau Street, and (even side), Nassau Street to Kneeland Street

No Stopping Friday – Monday

  • Boylston Street (both sides), Fairfield Street to Exeter Street, unless otherwise posted

No Stopping Monday Buses Only 5AM to 5PM

  • Beacon Street (Public Garden side), Charles Street to Arlington Street
  • Beacon Street (both sides), Bay State Road to Brookline Town Line
  • Belvidere Street (both sides), Huntington Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue
  • Blagden Street (both sides), Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street
  • Bromfield Street (both sides), Tremont Street to Washington Street
  • Cambridge Street (both sides), Somerset Street to Bromfield Street
  • Congress Street (Faneuil Hall side), State Street to Hanover Street
  • Commonwealth Avenue , (outbound) Charlesgate West to Deerfield Street
  • Dalton Street (both sides), Boylston Street to Clearway Street
  • Huntington Avenue (odd side), Blagden Street to Massachusetts Avenue
  • New Chardon Street (both sides), Merrimac Street to Cambridge Street
  • Providence Street (both sides), Arlington Street to Berkeley Street
  • State Street (both sides), Congress Street to Washington Street
  • Tremont Street (both sides), Cambridge Street to Stuart Street
  • Washington Street (both sides), Bromfield Street to State Street

 

123RD BOSTON MARATHON SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

8:00 a.m. B.A.A. 5K
Charles St. at Boston Common

10:30 a.m. B.A.A. Invitational Mile
Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston

1:00 p.m. B.A.A. Relay Challenge
Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston

SUNDAY, APRIL 14

4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Pre-Race Dinner*, presented by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®
City Hall, Boston

MARATHON MONDAY, APRIL 15
Start Times (Subject to Change)
9:02 a.m. Wheelchair Division – Men
9:04 a.m. Wheelchair Division – Women
9:25 a.m. Handcycle and Duo Participants
9:32 a.m. Elite Women
10:00 a.m. Elite Men
10:02 a.m. Wave One
10:25 a.m. Wave Two
10:50 a.m. Wave Three
11:15 a.m. Wave Four
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Fairmont Copley Plaza
6:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Boston Marathon Mile 27*
Post-Race Party, presented by
26.2 Brew, Fenway Park, Boston

DAY OF SPECTATOR INFORMATION

There will  be parking restrictions and road closures across Back Bay on Marathon Monday, April 15.  Spectators are encouraged to leave their cars at home and use public transportation.  More information on parking restrictions and road closures will be posted soon.

There is now a Boston Marathon Mobile App to track your favorite runners, get information on the course, and more.  AT&T is also offering Athlete Alerts on your favorite Boston Marathon athlete! To participate, text RUNNER to 234567 to receive your AT&T Athlete Alerts. You will receive six race day text alerts as your athlete reaches the 10K, 13.1-mile, 30K, 35K, 40K, and Finish Line!

Check back here often for even more information about race day.


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