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Your guide to the 2022 Boston Marathon

Runners arrive at Athletes Village for the running of the 126th Boston Marathon in Hopkinton on Monday.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

A guide to the 2023 Boston Marathon is here.

For the first time in three years, the Boston Marathon will return to its traditional Patriots Day date, with 30,000 runners set to toe the start line in Hopkinton for the 126th running April 18.

Just six months and one week after the last edition — with 2021′s race pushed back to October because of the pandemic — it’s the shortest turnaround between races. This year’s also will see a return to the typical field size after the race in the fall was capped at 20,000 for safety reasons.


With the marathon back to its usual time and scale, and two of the best elite fields the event has ever seen, here’s everything you need to know about the race.

2022 Boston Marathon date and how to watch

Date: Monday, April 18

TV: WBZ (Channel 4), USA Network

Streaming: CBS Boston or NBC Sports app

Entry list: Have a friend or family member running? Search the field of runners here.

Vaccination and mask rules

There will be more stringent rules than in October, with all participants required to provide proof of vaccination. In 2021, runners could enter with either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

Masks will not be mandated along the route, but they are required on BAA transportation to the start line in Hopkinton.

Start times

The race is back to more typical start times and will have the usual wave starts. In 2021, runners were released on a rolling basis, based on bib numbers and qualifying times.

9:02 a.m.: Men’s wheelchair

9:05 a.m.: Women’s wheelchair

9:30 a.m.: Handcycles and duos

9:37 a.m.: Elite men

9:45 a.m.: Elite women

9:50 a.m.: Para athletics divisions

10 a.m.: Wave 1

10:25 a.m.: Wave 2

10:50 a.m.: Wave 3


11:15 a.m.: Wave 4

The route

Runners will follow Route 135 from Main Street in Hopkinton and wind through Ashland, Framingham, and Natick, then into Wellesley. The route continues on Route 16 through Wellesley into Newton, where it turns right onto Commonwealth Avenue (Route 30) through the Newton Hills and bearing right at the reservoir onto Chestnut Hill Avenue.

The route then turns left on Beacon Street, continuing into Kenmore Square before rejoining Commonwealth Avenue into the city. The final stretch includes the iconic right turn onto Hereford Street and left onto Boylston Street before finishing near the Hancock Tower in Copley Square. See a map of the course here.

See all street closures and traffic restrictions here

The elite fields

Among the professionals taking part are 12 former champions, including the last six men’s winners. While the men’s elite field lost perhaps the greatest distance runner of all time with Kenenisa Bekele’s withdrawal, there remain eight men with personal bests under 2:05:00; the headliner is Ethiopian Birhanu Legese, the third-fastest marathoner in history with his 2:02:48 at the Berlin Marathon in 2019.

Legese’s countryman Lelisa Desisa, a two-time winner in 2013 (2:10:22) and 2015, (2:09:17), will try to make it a hat trick, while Kenya’s Benson Kipruto looks to defend his title from 2021 (2:09:51).

Scott Fauble (2:09:09), Colin Bennie (2:09:38), and Jared Ward (2:09:25) lead a strong field of American men with personal bests under 2:10:00.

The women’s field is perhaps the fastest ever, with seven entering with marks under 2:21:00, a threshold that’s been bested only once in Boston. Olympic gold medalist Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, the fifth-fastest woman in history, will enter as the favorite, having run a personal best of 2:17:16 in the 2020 Valencia Marathon.


Molly Seidel, 27, of Brookfield, Wis., who joined Jepchirchir on the Olympic podium last summer with a surprise bronze medal, is the headliner among the Americans after her breakout 2021.

Diana Kipyokei took home last year's women's title.Steven Senne/Associated Press

Last year’s race

We’re just six months removed from the last Boston Marathon, held on Oct. 11, 2021. After a big early surge from American CJ Anderson, who led by more than two minutes at the halfway point, the favorites reeled in the runaway leader near Boston College, and Kipruto put away the field with a huge move in the final miles to claim his first major marathon.

Diana Kipyokei made it a Kenyan sweep in 2:24:45, making a similar move through Brookline after the women’s race largely dawdled through the first 20 miles. Edna Kiplagat, 41, a former champion who will return for this year’s event, was the hardest-charging chaser but ran out of real estate.

The Kenyan sweep in the elite open fields was mirrored by a Swiss sweep in the wheelchair races. Marcel Hug made it five titles in six years (not including the virtual 2020 edition) but missed out on a $50,000 check for what surely would have been a course record if not for a late missed turn.


The women’s wheelchair division remains a Manuela Schär-Tatyana McFadden duopoly — no other woman has won here in a decade — with Schär breezing to the win in 1:35:21, nearly 15 minutes ahead of McFadden, who rolled home in second in 1:50:20 the day after winning the Chicago Marathon.

See all our coverage from last year’s race here.

By the numbers

30,000 — For the first time in three years, the marathon is back to its usual field size, with 30,000 participants set to take part.

207 There are 207 athletes running for at least the 20th consecutive time, including race director Dave McGillivray, who is making it 50 in a row.

24 The 12 returning champions have won a combined 24 Boston titles, led by five-time champions Schär and Hug.

189 Only 189 days separate this year’s race from the 2021 edition.

0 minutes, 0 seconds For the first time since 2013, there was no cutoff time for the race, as every applicant who met the qualifying standard for their age group was accepted.

122 Citizens of 122 countries are entered, from as nearby as Canada and as far away as Australia.

The charity runners

There are 43 charitable organizations represented by runners. Over the past 32 years, more than $400 million has been raised for charity.

2022 Boston Marathon event schedule


Athletic brands, companies, and other exhibitors will fill the Hynes Convention Center for three days to display, promote, discuss, and sell their products. The expo also features running seminars and presentations, guest appearances, and other activities.


▪ Friday, April 15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

▪ Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

▪ Sunday, April 17, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Fan Fest

Check out Copley Square for appearances from Boston champions, activities, live music, photo ops, and more.

Here is the complete schedule.

▪ Friday, April 15, 12-8 p.m.

▪ Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

▪ Sunday, April 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Boston Marathon Run Pub

A new feature, this marathon-themed beer garden provides a place to relax and unwind, right by the finish line at the corner of Boylston Street and Dartmouth Street by Copley Square Park.

▪ Friday, April 15, 3-9 p.m.

▪ Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Celebrating women

It has been 50 years since the first official women’s division, with eight female athletes finishing that race, led by inaugural champion Nina Kuscsik in 3:10:26. Women had completed the race before — most notably Roberta Gibb in 1966 and Kathrine Switzer in 1967 — but didn’t have an official division until 1972.

Kathrine Switzer was spotted early in the 1967 Boston Marathon by race official Jock Semple, who tried to rip the number off her shirt and remove her from the race. Switzer's friends intervened, allowing her to make her getaway to become the first woman to "officially" run the Boston Marathon.Paul Connell/Globe Staff

In honor of the 50th anniversary, the BAA has brought together an Honorary Women’s Team. The seven members include elite marathoner Mary Ngugi, who finished third in 2021; Melissa Stockwell, a two-time Paralympian and a former US Army officer who lost her left leg in a roadside bombing in Iraq; Sarah Fuller, the first woman to play in and score in a Power 5 college football game, kicking for Vanderbilt in 2020; Schär, a three-time Boston wheelchair champion; Jocelyn Rivas, a DACA recipient who was born in El Salvador and became the youngest woman to run 100 marathons at just 24 years old; Verna Volker, the founder of Native Women Running; and Val Rogosheske, 75, one of the eight original finishers in 1972, who also will serve as a starter.

Marshals and official starters

The honorary marshals will be a pair of Massachusetts natives and recent champions in their own right: Boston Pride captains Jillian Dempsey and Mary Parker, fresh off defending their Isobel Cup title, will lead the field from Hopkinton to Boston.

Marilyn Bevans, a three-time top-10 finisher at Boston and the first African-American woman to run a sub-three-hour marathon, will start the wheelchair races. McGillivray will be the starter for the handcycles and duo participants. Amby Burfoot, the 1968 champion, will start the elite men, while Rogosheske will handle the duties for the elite women. Christina Whelton will again start the para athletics division, continuing her family’s tradition carried on since her great-grandfather, George V. Brown, started the race from 1905-37.

Bib pickup

Runners can begin picking up their race bibs on Friday, April 15, at the Hynes Convention Center during the Marathon Expo. Pickup hours each day:

▪ Friday, April 15, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

▪ Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

▪ Sunday, April 17, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Elite fields: men, women, and wheelchair

^ denotes masters athlete (40+)

Elite Men's Open Field 
Name Personal Best Country
Birhanu Legese 2:02:48 (Berlin, 2019) Ethiopia
Evans Chebet 2:03:00 (Valencia, 2020) Kenya
Lawrence Cherono 2:03:04 (Valencia, 2020) Kenya
Sisay Lemma 2:03:36 (Berlin, 2019) Ethiopia
Kinde Atanaw 2:03:51 (Valencia, 2019) Ethiopia
Lemi Berhanu 2:04:33 (Dubai, 2016) Ethiopia
Lelisa Desisa 2:04:45 (Dubai, 2013) Ethiopia
Gabriel Geay 2:04:55 (Milan, 2021) NR Tanzania
Benson Kipruto 2:05:13 (Toronto, 2019) Kenya
Geoffrey Kamworor 2:05:23 (Valencia, 2021) Kenya
Eric Kiptanui 2:05:47 (Apugnano, 2020) Kenya
Bethwell Yegon 2:06:14 (Berlin, 2021) Kenya
Geoffrey Kirui 2:06:27 (Amsterdam, 2016) Kenya
Eyob Faniel 2:07:19 (Seville, 2020) NR Italy
Yuki Kawauchi 2:07:27 (Otsu, 2021) Japan
Albert Korir 2:08:03 (Ottawa, 2019) Kenya
Amanuel Mesel 2:08:17 (Valencia, 2013) Eritrea
Tsegay Tuemay 2:09:07 (Daegu, 2019) Eritrea
Scott Fauble 2:09:09 (Boston, 2019) USA
Colin Bennie 2:09:38 (Chandler, 2020) USA
Trevor Hofbauer 2:09:51 (Toronto, 2019) Canada
Jared Ward 2:09:25 (Boston, 2019) USA
Ian Butler 2:09:45 (Chandler, 2020) USA
Mick Iacofano 2:09:55 (Chandler, 2020) USA
Jake Riley 2:10:02 (Atlanta, 2020) USA
Jerrell Mock 2:10:37 (Chicago, 2019) USA
Jemal Yimer 2:10:38 (Boston, 2021) Ethiopia
Juan Luis Barrios 2:10:55 (Tokyo, 2018) Mexico
Matt McDonald 2:11:10 (Chicago, 2019) USA
Matt Llano 2:11:14 (Berlin, 2019) USA
Elkanah Kibet 2:11:15 (New York City, 2021) USA
CJ Albertson 2:11:18 (Chandler, 2020) USA
Jonas Hampton 2:12:10 (Atlanta, 2020) USA
Andrew Colley 2:12:15 (Duluth, 2019) USA
Mike Sayenko 2:12:59 (Valencia, 2021) USA
Jason Lynch 2:13:05 (Huntsville, 2021) USA
Josh Izewski 2:13:16 (Sacramento, 2018) USA
Nico Montanez 2:13:55 (Chicago, 2021) USA
John Tello Zuniga 2:14:19 (Lima, 2021) Colombia
Reed Fischer 2:14:41 (Chicago, 2021) USA
Tyler Pence 2:15:06 (Moline, 2021) USA
Daniel Ortiz Perez 2:15:39 (Valencia, 2020) Mexico
Paul Hogan 2:15:51 (Boston, 2021) USA
Markus Ploner^ 2:19:43 (Milan, 2021) Italy
Chip O’Hara^ 2:21:20 (Phoenix, 2020) USA
Gilles Rubio^ 2:21:40 (Valencia, 2019) France
Recio Alvarez^ 2:25:17 (Berlin, 2021) Dominican Republic
Sam Krieg^ 2:25:59 (Chicago, 2019) USA
Thomas Chapman^ 2:26:02 (Sacramento, 2019) USA
Joost De Raeymaeker^ 2:26:10 (Berlin, 2019) Belgium
SOURCE: Boston Athletic Association
Elite Women's Open Field 
Name Personal Best Country
Peres Jepchirchir 2:17:16 (Valencia, 2020) Kenya
Joyciline Jepkosgei 2:17:43 (London, 2021) Kenya
Degitu Azimeraw 2:17:58 (London, 2021) Ethiopia
Edna Kiplagat^ 2:19:50 (London, 2012) Kenya
Etagegn Woldu 2:20:16 (Valencia, 2021) Ethiopia
Maurine Chepkemoi 2:20:18 (Amsterdam, 2021) Kenya
Ababel Yeshaneh 2:20:51 (Chicago, 2019) Ethiopia
Desiree Linden 2:22:38 (Boston, 2011) USA
Viola Cheptoo 2:22:44 (New York City, 2021) Kenya
Purity Changwony 2:22:46 (Ampugnano, 2021) Kenya
Charlotte Purdue 2:23:26 (London, 2021) Great Britain
Molly Seidel 2:24:42 (New York City, 2021) USA
Malindi Elmore^ 2:24:50 (Houston, 2020) Canada
Mary Ngugi 2:25:20 (Boston, 2021) Kenya
Monicah Ngige 2:25:32 (Boston, 2021) Kenya
Natasha Wodak^ 2:26:19 (Chandler, 2020) Canada
Sara Vaughn 2:26:53 (Sacramento, 2021) USA
Nell Rojas 2:27:12 (Boston, 2021) USA
Stephanie Bruce 2:27:47 (Chicago, 2019) USA
Dakotah Lindwurm 2:29:04 (Duluth, 2021) USA
Angie Orjuela 2:29:12 (Valencia, 2020) NR Colombia
Bria Wetsch 2:29:50 (Chandler, 2020) USA
Maegan Krifchin 2:30:17 (Chicago, 2021) USA
Elaina Tabb 2:30:33 (Boston, 2021) USA
Lexie Thompson 2:30:37 (Philadelphia, 2021) USA
Sydney Devore 2:32:39 (Pittsburgh, 2018) USA
Kodi Kleven 2:32:45 (St. George, 2021) Canada
Briana Boehmer^ 2:33:20 (Sacramento, 2021) USA
Kate Sanborn 2:33:37 (Houston, 2022) USA
Caitlin Phillips 2:34:43 (Berlin, 2019) USA
Kate Bazeley 2:36:43 (Chicago, 2021) Canada
Kathy Derks 2:36:47 (Carmel, 2021) USA
Maria Velez 2:37:04 (Valencia, 2021) Mexico
Ashlee Powers 2:38:20 (Chandler, 2020) USA
Kayla Lampe 2:38:25 (Chicago, 2021) USA
Ali Lavender 2:38:41 (Berlin, 2021) Great Britain
Annmarie Tuxbury 2:39:05 (Atlanta, 2020) USA
Erika Fleuhr 2:39:31 (Sacramento, 2021) USA
Paula Pridgen 2:39:34 (Duluth, 2021) USA
Abby Hamilton 2:39:36 (Portland, 2021) USA
SOURCE: Boston Athletic Association
Diana Kipyokei poses with the trophy after winning in 2021.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
Elite Men's Wheelchair Field 
Name Personal Best Country
Marcel Hug 1:17:47 (Oita, 2021) Switzerland
Josh Cassidy 1:18:25 (Boston, 2012) Canada
Hiroki Nishida 1:20:28 (Boston, 2017) Japan
Kota Hokinoue 1:20:54 (Seoul, 2013) Japan
Aaron Pike 1:20:59 (Duluth, 2019) USA
Daniel Romanchuk 1:21:36 (Boston, 2019) USA
Rafael Botello Jimenez 1:22:09 (Boston, 2017) Spain
Patrick Monahan 1:22:23 (Duluth, 2019) Ireland
Krige Schabort 1:23:44 (Boston, 2012) USA
Simon Lawson 1:25:06 (Boston, 2017) Great Britain
Sho Watanabe 1:26:22 (Seoul, 2017) Japan
Johnboy Smith 1:29:44 (Berlin, 2017) Great Britain
Hermin Garic 1:32:27 (Duluth, 2019) USA
Valera Jacob Allen 1:44:20 (Honolulu, 2021) USA
Santiago Sanz 1:46:12 (Boston, 2014) Spain
Jason Robinson 1:52:46 (Chicago, 2021) USA
Dustin Stallberg 1:53:34 (Honolulu, 2021) USA
Philip Croft 1:58:14 (Chicago, 2021) USA
SOURCE: Boston Athletic Association
Elite Women's Wheelchair Field 
Name Personal Best Country
Manuela Schär 1:28:17 (Boston, 2017) Switzerland
Susannah Scaroni 1:30:42 (Duluth, 2019) USA
Madison de Rozario 1:31:11 (Tokyo, 2021) Australia
Tatyana McFadden 1:31:30 (Duluth, 2019) USA
Jenna Fesemyer 1:37:02 (Duluth, 2019) USA
Christie Dawes 1:37:14 (Boston, 2017) Australia
Shelly Woods 1:37:44 (Padova, 2008) Great Britain
Nikita den Boer 1:38:16 (Tokyo, 2021) Netherlands
Margriet van den Broek 1:38:33 (Boston, 2017) Netherlands
Vanessa Cristina de Souza 1:40:21 (Seville, 2020) Brazil
Arielle Rausin 1:40:51 (Duluth, 2019) USA
Michelle Wheeler 1:45:55 (Oita, 2018) USA
Yen Hoang 1:51:24 (Boston, 2021) USA
Eva Houston 2:41:52 (Boston, 2021) USA
SOURCE: Boston Athletic Association
Marcel Hug (left) and Manuela Schär won the 2021 wheelchair races.Matthew J Lee/Globe staff
Para Athletics Divisions Top Contenders 
Name Personal Best Country Classification
Liz Willis 4:57:43 USA T64 (Lower Limb Impairment)
Jacky Hunt-Broersma 23:38 for 100 mi. Netherlands T64 (Lower Limb Impairment)
Melissa Stockwell USA T63 (Lower Limb Impairment)
Michael Roeger 2:18:53 WR Australia T46 (Upper Limb Impairment)
Chaz Davis 2:31:48 AR USA T12 (Vision Impairment)
Marko Cheseto Lemtukei 2:35:55 WR USA T62 (Lower Limb Impairment)
Ary Carlos Santos 2:45:39 Brazil T13 (Vision Impairment)
Brian Reynolds 3:03:21 USA T62 (Lower Limb Impairment)
Adam Popp 3:13:25 USA T63 (Lower Limb Impairment)
SOURCE: Boston Athletic Association

Amin Touri can be reached at amin.touri@globe.com.