How To Track & Watch The Boston Marathon

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Written by Charlie

Monday is the big day! Find out how you can watch the Boston Marathon and how you can track any runners that will be tackling this historic course!

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Monday is a big day – the 2016 Boston Marathon! It will be the ultimate goal of thousands of runners who qualified over the last year or so and it will be a great day! If you are a runner that will not be there or you have family/friends running, here is how you can follow along and watch the Boston Marathon. I know I will be watching it!

How To Track & Watch The Boston Marathon

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Here is a run-down on the schedule of events for the Boston Marathon:

  • Mobility Impaired – 8:50 am
  • Men’s Push Rim Wheelchair – 9:17 am
  • Women’s Push-Rim Wheelchair – 9:19 am ET
  • Handcycles & Duos – 9:22 am
  • Elite Women – 9:32 am
  • Elite Men and Wave One – 10:00 am
  • Wave Two – 10:25 am
  • Wave Three – 10:50 am
  • Wave Four – 11:15 am

As you can see, there is a total of 2 hours and 25 minutes separating the starting gun for the very first group of entrants until the last, which is Wave Four. From the start of the main field until the last wave, there is a difference of 1 hour and 15 minutes. If there is a particular marathoner you wanted to track, it will help to know which wave they are in.

This is the breakdown of waves by bib number:

  • Wave 1 – 101 – 7,700
  • Wave 2 – 8,000 – 15,600
  • Wave 3 – 16,000 – 23,600
  • Wave 4 – 24,000 – 32,500

Tracking Runners

The Boston Athletic Association has you covered when it comes to keeping an eye on either the elite runners or your friends and family that are running. There is a map available that will show you their progress along the course – found here.

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In addition, you can also set up a list of your favorite runners and it will update throughout the race as the runners reach each 5K split. You can add runners and set that up here.

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This is a great way to see all of the runners on one page. Just remember as you watch it, there may be a delay depending the different waves that your runners are starting in.

Watching Video

Again this year, you can actually watch the Boston Marathon live. I realize not everyone may find this as fun, but I love watching marathons! It is always neat to see how the various elites handle the course, each other, weather, etc. If you do not want to watch the whole marathon, turning it anytime after the halfway point should bring you up to date while still yielding exciting breaks.

To watch it live, click here.

Finish Line Cam

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Finally, what if you want to watch your friends come in? Universal Sports has you covered again with their finish line cam. This way, you can watch them cross that line and feel the excitement with you. This link will take you to that cam.


As you would expect from a marathon in April in the northeast, the weather here wildly varied over the years. For Monday, it looks like it will not be raining and it will get up to 65 degrees. That is a bit warm but I am sure many would take that over the freezing rain that has hit here in years past.


The Boston Marathon is a big deal! It is a dream of just about every marathoner to one day qualify and run there. If you are not there, at least you can watch the Boston Marathon! I know I will be and will be cheering my friends on who are running there.

Will you be running there this year? Let us know so we can cheer you on as well!

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.