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What time does the 2021 Boston Marathon start?

The Boston Marathon start will look much different than it did in 2019.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

The 2021 Boston Marathon will be a little bit different, and the start is no exception.

This year’s race will use a “rolling” rather than “wave” start for non-elite runners. The starting groups will be linked to the shuttles from Boston Common, which means runners won’t be milling around in Hopkinton as in years past.

Once they arrive, runners will be able to stretch, hydrate, use the bathroom, and then start their 26.2-mile journey back to Boston when they’re ready (taking off their mask at the start line if they so choose). As has been the case, faster runners will go first.


Here are the Boston Marathon start times on Monday, Oct. 11, which are subject to change:

8:02 a.m.: Men’s wheelchair

8:05 a.m.: Women’s wheelchair

8:30 a.m.: Handcycles and duos

8:37 a.m.: Elite men

8:45 a.m.: Elite women

8:50 a.m.: Para athletics divisions

9 a.m.: Rolling start begins

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A runner gets her medal after the 2019 marathon.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

What time will my runner start?

Here’s a rundown of the expected start times for the rolling start, based on bib numbers:

Bib numbers 251-3,749

Bus loading: 7:15 a.m.

Bus arrival: 8:20-8:50 a.m.

Expected start time: 9-9:24 a.m.

Bib numbers 3,750-7,249

Bus loading: 7:45 a.m.

Bus arrival: 8:50-9:20 a.m.

Expected start time: 9:24-9:48 a.m.

Bib numbers 7,250-10,749

Bus loading: 8:15 a.m.

Bus arrival: 9:20-9:50 a.m.

Expected start time: 9:48-10:12 a.m.

Bib numbers 10,750-14,249

Bus loading: 8:45 a.m.

Bus arrival: 9:50-10:20 a.m.

Expected start time: 10:12-10:36 a.m.

Bib numbers 14,250-17,749

Bus loading: 9:15 a.m.

Bus arrival: 10:20-10:50 a.m.

Expected start time: 10:36-11 a.m.

Bib numbers: 17,750+

Bus loading: 9:45 a.m.

Bus arrival: 10:50-11:05 a.m.

Expected start time: 11-11:24 a.m.

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