The 122nd annual Boston Marathon is underway.
More than 30,000 athletes from across the world are getting ready to participate in this year’s Boston Marathon.
You can check a runner’s status online through the Boston Athletic Association website at raceday.baa.org.
Despite the rain in today’s forecast, there’s still a lot of excitement here for the big race.
The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon.
It’s a 26.2-mile trek that begins on Main Street in Hopkinton and ends at Copley Square in Boston.
The 122nd annual Boston Marathon will feature an international field that includes a number of top named Americans and almost two dozen Olympians.
This year’s race marks five years since the tragic Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured hundreds of others.
Boston Marathon security now restricts spectators from bringing backpacks, suitcases, and coolers of any kind.
#MarathonMonday: Just a friendly reminder to all attending today’s #BostonMarathon about things to bring or not to bring. Bringing an umbrella is obviously a really good idea. But bags, backpacks and coolers are best left at home. To all running, stay dry and run fast. pic.twitter.com/n7jjMx8EVq— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) April 16, 2018
There will also be extra Boston police officers staged throughout the event.
The first wave of runners will take off at 8:40 a.m. Monday morning.
Division and Starting Times:
- Mobility impaired: 8:40 A.M.
- Men push-rim wheelchair: 9:02 A.M.
- Women push-rim wheelchair: 9:04 A.M.
- Handcycles and duos: 9:25 A.M.
- Elite Women: 9:32 A.M.
- Elite Men and Wave 1: 10:00 A.M.
- Wave 2: 10:25 A.M.
- Wave 3: 10:50 A.M.
- Wave 4: 11:15 A.M.
2018 Boston Marathon Coverage:
- Western Mass runners board bus to Boston Marathon
- MEMA works to keep marathon runners, spectators safe
- All eyes are on the Boston Marathon at security command center
- “It’s a privilege.” Local runners describe participating in 122nd Boston Marathon
If you are running, or are heading to Boston to celebrate, don’t forget to send your Boston Marathon photos to ReportIt@wwlp.com
22News will bring you highlights and reaction from this year’s race tonight on 22News starting at 5, and all day on WWLP.com.