A guide to the 2018 Boston Marathon

(Bill Greene/Globe Staff)

Race details, runner and spectator information, and everything else you need to know about the 2018 Boston Marathon.

Date: Monday, April 16.

TV: WBZ / NBC Sports.

Live streams: Boston CBS or NBC Sports.

Entry list: Search the field of runners here.

Briefly: This will be the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon. Edna Kiplagat and Geoffrey Kirui are back in Boston to defend their titles. Other past champions in this year’s field include Lelisa Desisa, Lemi Berhanu, Buzunesh Deba, and Caroline Rotich. The field also features 23 Olympians and 17 top US runners, including Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan, who is coming off her 2017 New York City Marathon win. Read more about the elite field here.


Marathon start times

■ 8:40 a.m.: Mobility impaired

■ 9:02 a.m.: Men’s push rim wheelchair

■ 9:04 a.m.: Women’s push rim wheelchair

■ 9:25 a.m.: Handcycles

■ 9:32 a.m.: Elite women

■ 10 a.m.: Elite men and Wave 1

■ 10:25 a.m.: Wave 2

■ 10:50 a.m.: Wave 3

■ 11:15 a.m.: Wave 4

Marathon by the numbers

■  There are nearly 30,000 runners entered (16,488 men, 13,337 women).

■  109 countries will be represented

■  All 50 US states will be represented (Massachusetts leads with 4,921, followed by California with 2,269)

■  53 wheelchair entries (37 men, 16 women)

Women’s elite field

(Personal-best marathon time in parentheses. CR - course record; NR - national record)

Aselefech Mergia, Ethiopia, 2:19:31 (Dubai, 2012)

Deena Kastor, USA, 2:19:36 (London, 2006) NR

Edna Kiplagat, Kenya, 2:19:50 (London, 2012)

Buzunesh Deba, Ethiopia, 2:19:59 (Boston, 2014) CR

Jordan Hasay, USA, 2:20:57 (Chicago, 2017)

Shalane Flanagan, USA, 2:21:14 (Berlin, 2014)

Eunice Kirwa, Bahrain, 2:21:17 (Nagoya, 2017) NR

Mamitu Daska, Ethiopia, 2:21:59 (Frankfurt, 2011)

Desiree Linden, USA, 2:22:38 (Boston, 2011)

Madai Perez, Mexico, 2:22:59 (Chicago, 2006) NR


Caroline Rotich, Kenya, 2:23:22 (Chicago, 2012)

Jessica Augusto, Portugal, 2:24:25 (London, 2014)

Gladys Chesir, Kenya, 2:24:51 (Amsterdam, 2017)

Serena Burla, USA, 2:26:53 (Osaka, 2017)

Sara Hall, USA, 2:27:21 (Frankfurt, 2017)

Molly Huddle, USA, 2:28:13 (New York City, 2016)

Krista Duchene, Canada, 2:28:32 (Toronto, 2013)

Kellyn Taylor, USA, 2:28:40 (Houston, 2015)

Kellys Arias, Colombia, 2:29:36 (Hamburg, 2016) NR

Jessica Draskau Petersson, Denmark, 2:30:07 (Chicago, 2015)

Men’s elite field

Tamirat Tola, Ethiopia, 2:04:11 (Dubai, 2017)

Lemi Berhanu, Ethiopia, 2:04:33 (Dubai, 2016)

Lelisa Desisa, Ethiopia, 2:04:45 (Dubai, 2013)

Nobert Kigen, Kenya, 2:05:13 (Amsterdam, 2017)

Wilson Chebet, Kenya, 2:05:27 (Rotterdam, 2011)

Evans Chebet, Kenya, 2:05:30 (Valencia, 2017)

Felix Kandie, Kenya, 2:06:03 (Seoul, 2017)

Geoffrey Kirui, Kenya, 2:06:27 (Amsterdam, 2016)

Philemon Rono, Kenya, 2:06:52 (Toronto, 2017)

Dathan Ritzenhein, USA, 2:07:47 (Chicago, 2012)

Yuki Kawauchi, Japan, 2:08:14 (Seoul, 2013)

Abdi Nageeye, Netherlands, 2:08:16 (Amsterdam, 2017) NR

Lusapho April, South Africa, 2:08:32 (Hannover, 2013)

Arne Gabius, Germany, 2:08:33 (Frankfurt, 2015) NR

Kentaro Nakamoto, Japan, 2:08:35 (Beppu-Oita, 2013)

Abdi Abdirahman, USA, 2:08:56 (Chicago, 2006)

Galen Rupp, USA, 2:09:20 (Chicago, 2017)

Reid Coolsaet, Canada, 2:10:28 (Berlin, 2015)

Ryan Vail, USA, 2:10:57 (London, 2014)

Stephen Sambu, Kenya, 2:11:07 (Chicago, 2017)

Eric Gillis, Canada, 2:11:21 (Toronto, 2014)

Elkanah Kibet, USA, 2:11:31 (Chicago, 2015)

Timothy Ritchie, USA, 2:11:56 (Sacramento, 2017)

Shadrack Biwott, USA, 2:12:01 (New York, 2016)

Scott Smith, USA, 2:12:21 (Frankfurt, 2017)

Andrew Bumbalough, USA, 2:13:58 (Tokyo, 2017)

Military relay

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Boston Marathon, which was held as a military relay race, 16 military personnel – two representing each town along the route – from the different branches will participate in a relay during the 2018 Boston Marathon.


Charity runners

There are 34 charity organizations participating in 2018 and they are projected to raise more than $35 million for the causes they represent. In 2017, the Boston Marathon charity runner program passed more than $211 million in total funds raised since charity runners first participated in 1989.

Marathon route

The route follows Route 135 from Main St. in Hopkinton and goes through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and into Wellesley. In Wellesley, it continues on Route 16 into Newton, where it turns right onto Commonwealth Ave. (Route 30,) following Comm. Ave. through Newton Hills and bearing right at the reservoir onto Chestnut Hill Ave. The route then turns left on Beacon St. continuing into Kenmore Square before rejoining Comm Ave. into the city. The final stretch sees the route turn right onto Hereford St. and left onto Boylston St. before finishing near the Hancock Tower in Copley Square. See a map of the course here.

Other marathon weekend events

B.A.A 5K: The 5K will be held Saturday, April 14. Start time is 8 a.m. About 10,000 athletes will participate in the event around the Boston Common. This will be the 10th year the race has been held. Registration is closed. Here is the course map.

The Invitational Mile: It will be held Saturday, April 14. The races feature high school athletes from the eight Boston Marathon towns. There will also be a race featuring professional milers. Here is the course map and the race schedule:


■ 10:30 a.m.: Girls’ Middle School 1000m

■ 10:40 a.m.: Boys’ Middle School 1000m

■ 10:50 a.m.: Middle School Awards Ceremony

■ 11:00 a.m.: Girls’ Scholastic Mile

■ 11:10 a.m.: Boys’ Scholastic Mile

■ 11:20 a.m.: Scholastic Mile Awards Ceremony

■ 11:30 a.m: Men’s Invitational Mile

■ 11:40 a.m: Women’s Invitational Mile

■ 11:50 a.m: Invitational Mile Awards Ceremony

Sports & Fitness Expo: More than 200 athletic brands, companies, and other exhibitors will fill the Seaport World Trade Center for three days to display, promote, discuss, and sell their products. It starts Friday, April 13, and ends Sunday, April 15. Here are the hours each day:

■ Friday, April 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

■ Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

■ Sunday, April 15, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Misc.: Runners can begin picking up their race bibs on Friday, April 13, at the Seaport World Trade Center. (Note: Bib pick-up in recent years has been at John B. Hynes Convention Center; it moves to the Seaport World Trade Center this year.) Pick-up hours each day:

■ Friday, April 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

■ Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

■ Sunday, April 15, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Check out more of the Globe’s Boston Marathon coverage here.