Boston Marathon 17th April 2017 Important event update

Dear Runner, Companions, Friends and Family

My name is Vicki and I am the running product manager at Sports Tours International, I'd like to thank you for booking your trip to the 2017 Boston Marathon with us and I have put together some news and bits of interesting information for you regarding the 2017 Boston Marathon, before you receive your final itinerary from us.

The First Boston Marathon

After experiencing the spirit and majesty of the Olympic Marathon, B.A.A. member and inaugural US Olympic Team Manager John Graham was inspired to organize and conduct a marathon in the Boston area. With the assistance of Boston businessman Herbert H. Holton, various routes were considered, before a measured distance of 24.5 miles from Metcalf’s Mill in Ashland to the Irvington Oval in Boston was eventually selected. On April 19, 1897, John J. McDermott of New York, emerged from a 15-member starting field and captured the first B.A.A. Marathon in 2:55:10, and, in the process, forever secured his name in sports history.

In 1924, the course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton.

B.A.A. Invitational Mile

Since 2009, spectators and runners of the Marathon have enjoyed watching these track-meet style events.

MIDDLE SCHOOL 1K The first of six races belong to middle-school aged students from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course – Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and Boston. Participants must be between the sixth and eighth grade, and be residents of the city or town they choose to represent. The 1,000 meter race kicks off not long after the conclusion of the B.A.A. 5K, and the participants loop across the Boston Marathon finish line, before finishing in front of hundreds of cheering fans.


After the middle-school athletes have finished, the high-school-aged participants take toBoylston Street for the 1-mile race. Like the Middle School 1K, the 16 participants in the boy’sand girl’s Scholastic mile must be residents of the city and town they choose to represent,and between the ninth and 12th grade.


Since its inception in 2009, athletes from England, Ireland, Ethiopia, and the United States have taken off down Boylston Street in pursuit of the $14,200 combined prize purse. Running the same course as the high school athletes, the professional athletes run the straight-aways a bit faster, and take the turns a bit tighter. Following the six races, an award ceremony is held for the victors.


Approximately one million spectators line the 26.2-mile course annually, making the Boston Marathon New England's most widely viewed sporting event, according to estimates by police and public safety officials from the eight cities and towns along the route.

Record Finishers

The all-time record for the world's largest marathon was established at the centennial race in 1996, when 35,868 finishers out of 36,748 official starters participated in the 100th running of the Boston Marathon. The Centennial Boston Marathon had 38,708 entrants and was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.

General Information

On race day, official participants are prohibited from carrying certain items when entering or within any of the Marathon venues, including B.A.A. shuttle buses and B.A.A. vehicles, Athletes’ Village in Hopkinton, the start area corrals and start area, the race course, and the finish area in Boston: Please take a few minutes to have a look at the list on the following link.

Use of Headphones

While the B.A.A. discourages the use of iPods and headphones, we do not impose a ban on wearing such devices in the Boston Marathon except for the elite men and women and all those eligible for prize money. Many runners choose not to wear headphones, and instead listen to the crowd cheer them to Boylston Street.

Course Clocks & Mile/Kilometer Signage

Digital clocks, positioned at every mile and 5K mark, indicate the unofficial running time from the 10:00 a.m. start only. Signage indicates mile and 5K marks.

Marathon Tracker

The B.A.A. will broadcast every five kilometer split to its website and family and friends can track your progress by logging in and entering your name or bib number. The "face" of the Boston Marathon website will change on race day and the process on how to enter the search will be clear.

Alerts will be broadcast when your runner crosses the starting line, reaches the 10K, half marathon and 30K marks, and from the finish line. Runners or their family and friends can register in three ways: Via text message or SMS, (after registering, you'll receive a text message confirming how to complete registration). Visiting the AT&T Athlete Alert Sign-Up page at the race website,, and sign up there.

Average temperature in Boston

The average temperature at the start of the Boston Marathon ranges from 45-50 degrees F. The spread of temperature throughout the race can average approximately 25 degrees F, meaning the finish line temperature can average from 70-75 degrees F. However, in years past, there have been examples of extreme weather at the Boston Marathon. See below for examples: 1907 Traces of sleet 1925 Cold wind and occasional snowflakes 1961 Snow squalls driven by winds of 10–12 mph; recorded temperature was 39 degrees 1970 Mix of rain and sleet; temperatures in the high 30s; 1976 For much of the first half of the race, the temperature along the course was reported to be 96 degrees. 1987 The temperature was in the mid/upper 80s and the humidity was more than 95percent. 2012 The temperature reached 75 degrees by the start of the Women's Elite field (9:30a.m.), with a high of 89 degrees reported in Framingham (10K mark) by mid-day.

Course amenities and fluid replacement information

The B.A.A. Half Marathon will have three products available along the course to help keep you fueled up as you make your way along Boston's Emerald Necklace park system. Poland Spring Water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, and Clif Shot Energy Gel will be available at the start and finish areas. Poland Spring Water will be available on course beginning at mile two.Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon-lime) will be available on course beginning at mile six. Clif Shot Energy Gels will be available on course just before mile six at the Clif Shot Energy Zone. For further information , please visit the following link.

Hotels – some useful information

Located steps from Boston’s charming Beacon Hill neighbourhood of gas lit streets and brick sidewalks, the Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill hotel provides guests with an accessible location from which to explore the historic city. Nestled in downtown Boston not far from the Longfellow Bridge spanning the Charles River to Cambridge, the hotel is close to many of the attractions for which the city is famous for. On marathon morning the only way to get to the start on race morning is by the official B.A.A. buses between 6.00am – 7.30am. Bus loading will take place at the TREMONT STREET side of the Boston Common in Boston’s Back Bay area and your rep will be on hand to give you further information.

Training for your upcoming event

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Many thanks,

Vicki and the Team - Sports Tours International

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