Where to watch the 2024 Boston Marathon?


The 2024 Boston Marathon will take place on Patriots' Day, Monday, April 15.

Athletes will set off from the start line at 9:02 a.m. (men's wheelchair class) and continue in waves until 11:15 a.m

The leaders of the Pro Men's and Pro Women's divisions are expected to cross the finish line around 11:45 a.m. and 12 p.m., respectively.

Watch the Boston Marathon on TV

WCVB Channel 5 will begin broadcasting race day at 4 a.m. and will continue broadcasting the Boston Marathon until 8 p.m

WMUR, WMTW and WPTZ will all share WCVB broadcasts at the same times.

ESPN will broadcast race day from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with additional coverage later in the day on “SportsCenter.”

Stream the Boston Marathon online

WCVB, WMUR, WMTW and WPTZ will all broadcast the race live on their digital platforms and apps.

A livestream will also be available on Very Local Boston. Streamers can find Very Local in the App Store for mobile devices as well as on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (models from 2019).

A group of mostly young women excitedly cheer over the barricade railings with large placards to cheer on the runners.

Spectators cheer on runners along the course of the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17, 2017, in Wellesley, Mass. at.

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Watch the Boston Marathon athletes in person

The route runs through eight cities and towns in Massachusetts and offers plenty of spectating opportunities over its 26.2 miles.

In Hopkinton, the starting line is an exciting place – but spectators need to plan ahead. Roads around the start line and community precinct will be closed at 6:30 a.m., and other roads around the downtown area will be closed at 7 a.m. More information can be found here.

In AshlandAccording to the Boston Athletic Association, streets will be closed around 6:15 a.m. The closest train station to the course is the Ashland stop on the Worcester/Framingham commuter rail line. This station is approximately one mile from the race track. For accessibility, it has a long ramp and an elevated platform.

In FraminghamAccording to the BAA, the roads will be closed around 7:00 a.m. The closest train station to the route is the Framingham stop on the Worcester/Framingham S-Bahn line, where passengers can get off directly on the route. For accessibility, this station has an elevated platform and two elevators.

In NatickPopular viewing spots include Fisk Pond and Natick Common. According to Natick police, roads will be closed around 8:30 a.m. The West Natick and Natick stations on the Worcester/Framingham commuter rail line are both directly adjacent to the racetrack. West Natick station has an elevated platform for accessibility reasons.

In WellesleyThe most popular viewing point is the Scream Tunnel at Wellesley College, which marks the halfway point of the route. According to the BAA, roads in Wellesley will be closed around 7:30 a.m. The nearest train station is Wellesley Square on the Framingham/Worcester commuter rail line, a short walk from the line.

In Newton, Heartbreak Hill is the most popular viewing area. Roads will be closed in Newton around 8 a.m. More information here. The closest MBTA subway stop to Heartbreak Hill is Boston College on the Green Line B junction. The Woodland station, along the Green Line D junction, is also close to the line in Newton, a few miles before Heartbreak Hill .

In Brookline, Cleveland Circle and Coolidge Corner are popular viewing spots. The roads will be closed around 8am. More information can be found here. The Green Line C branch travels along Beacon Street just like the marathon athletes, stopping at both Cleveland Circle and Coolidge Corner. Green Line B and D branches also stop at several points near the route.

In BostonThe finish line on Boylston Street is the best viewing point. ADA accessible seating can be found at the corner of Boylston and Hereford Streets. Restrictions apply on roads throughout the area. Spectators are encouraged to use the MBTA to get to the venues.

Public transportation options

The Framingham/Worcester commuter rail line will increase service to meet demand on Marathon Monday. View the full schedule. No bicycles or scooters are permitted on this line from 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, until the end of service on Monday, April 15.

The Route 1 bus between Harvard and Nubian Station will operate an increased Saturday schedule. Lines 55 and 65 do not operate on Marathon Monday.

Some MBTA stations will be closed during the race. Copley will be closed all day. Along the Green Line, South Street, Kent Street and St. Mary's Street stations will be closed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m

Cyclists should note that no bicycles or scooters will be allowed on board MBTA subway vehicles on Marathon Monday.

Find recommended viewing spots along GBH News' Boston Marathon route map below. Looking for ways to get here? Open the left menu and check the box next to “Parking and public transportation” for suggestions.

If you plan to cheer on athletes from the sidelines, the following course rules should be followed:

  • It is forbidden to throw objects, including confetti or streamers, onto the track.
  • Respect race staff, participants and other spectators.
  • Do not disrupt racing operations.
  • Dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.

Do not bring prohibited items including:

  • Weapons;
  • costumes;
  • Cooler;
  • large bags and suitcases;
  • Fireworks and flammable liquids.