Timeline, resources and information from the 125th Boston Marathon


Race day timeline: Monday, October 11, 2021 (all times are approximate)

8:02 am ET – Wheelchair division – Men’s start: Official starter: Amby Burfoot, 1968 Boston Marathon champion (also competing in this year’s race)

8:05 am ET – Wheelchair division – Female start: Official starter: Amby Burfoot, 1968 Boston Marathon champion (also competing in this year’s race)

8:30 a.m. ET – Beginning of participants by handcycle and in duo: Official Starter: Russell Hoyt, son of the late Dick Hoyt, finisher of 32 Boston Marathons as part of Team Hoyt

8:32 a.m. ET – National anthem: Sgt. Daniel M. Clark, “The Singing Trooper”, performs the national anthem. Sgt. Clark has participated in the Boston Marathon since 1990.

8:37 a.m. ET – Beginning of professional men: Official holder: Patti Catalano Dillon, three-time finalist, US record holder and Indigenous runner

8:45 a.m. ET – Beginning of professional women: Official holder: Patti Catalano Dillon, three-time finalist, US record holder and Indigenous runner

8:50 a.m. ET – Start of the para-athletics division: Official entry: Christina Whelton, member of the famous Brown family of Boston. It is customary for a member of the Brown family to start one of the races on Patriots’ Day.

8:55 a.m. ET – The Grand Marshals arrive in Boston aboard Duck Boats: Five Boston Marathon champions and eight local frontline workers will serve as grand marshals for this year’s race. (More info below)

8:58 a.m. ET – Overview: TThe 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, MA, is scheduled to conduct an overflight with two F-15 fighter jets flying from Hopkinton to Boston. Flying the 26.2 mile highway will take approximately four minutes. (Weather permitting)

9 a.m. ET – The gradual departure begins for all participants: Official starter: Hopkinton Fire Chief Bill Miller

9:23 a.m. ET – Approximate arrival time of the male wheelchair division

9:37 a.m. ET – Approximate arrival time of the women’s wheelchair division

10:44 a.m. ET – Approximate arrival time of professional men

11:08 am ET – Approximate arrival time of professional women

11:25 a.m. ET – Approximate times of the best finishes in the para-athletics divisions

11:30 a.m. ET – Approximate time of final athlete through Hopkinton start line

Boston Marathon Media Resources


  • Men’s Open Division: 2:03:02, Geoffrey Mutai, Kenya, 2011
  • Women’s Open Division: 2:19:59, Buzunesh Deba, Ethiopia, 2014
  • Men’s wheelchair division: 1:18:04, Marcel Hug, Switzerland, 2017
  • Women’s wheelchair division: 1:28:17, Manuela Schär, Switzerland, 2017
  • Masters Men’s Division: 2:11:04, John Campbell, New Zealand, 1990
  • Masters Women Division: 2:27:58, Firaya Sultanova-Zhdanova, Russia, 2002

A record bonus of $ 50,000 is available for open and wheelchair divisions. The Boston Marathon is the first major marathon to have fair course record bonuses for the open and masters divisions.


  • 18,252 participants in total in the 125th Boston Marathon in person
  • 3,492 participants from Massachusetts
  • 16,441 participants residing in the United States of America
  • 104 countries represented by Boston Marathon participants
  • All 50 U.S. states represented by Boston Marathon participants
  • Younger participants: 18, Enchee Xu, Conor Beswick, Rachel Calderone and Angel Robles, all from Massachusetts
  • Oldest participant: 84 years old, Volkert Bobeldijk from Canada
  • 28,612 participants in total in the 125th Boston Virtual Marathon (October 8-10)


  • This year’s field size has been reduced by 36% compared to recent years (from 31,500 participants to 20,000)
  • In an effort to improve social distancing and minimize wait times, the Athletes’ Village was eliminated at Hopkinton this year and a rolling start was introduced for the first time in race history.
  • 95% of all Boston Marathon volunteers are vaccinated.
  • 100% of Boston Marathon medical volunteers are vaccinated.
  • All participants are required to provide proof of a WHO-recognized vaccination OR produce a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of loading the bus.
  • A health and safety bracelet will be provided after verification of proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results. The bracelet must be worn throughout the race weekend and up to the finish line.
  • Masks are mandatory inside, on event transport and in the start area until participants cross the start line.


  • $ 876,500 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top graduates by main sponsor John Hancock. Among the prizes awarded, there is $ 27,500 for para-athletes.
  • 8,500 BAA volunteers will contribute to this year’s Boston Marathon and race-related events
  • 26.2 miles (26 miles and 385 yards; 42.195 kilometers) will be driven in eight towns and villages (Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline and Boston)
  • It is estimated that $ 20 million (USD) will be raised as part of the 125th Boston Marathon for Charities as part of the BAA’s Official Boston Marathon Charity Program and the John Hancock Nonprofit Program


  • 13 Boston Marathon champions will compete in the professional John Hancock team: Des Linden (USA / MI), Geoffrey Kirui (KEN), Edna Kiplagat (KEN), Lemi Berhanu (ETH), Lelisa Desisa (ETH) ), Atsede Baysa (ETH), Caroline Rotich (KEN), Daniel Romanchuk (USA / IL / Won the Chicago marathon on Sunday), Manuela Schär (SUI), Marcel Hug (SUI), Tatyana McFadden (USA / MD / A won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday), Ernst van Dyk (RSA) and Joshua Cassidy (CAN). Additionally, 1968 winner Amby Burfoot will race and serve as Hopkinton’s official starter.
  • Five Tokyo 2020 Paralympic gold medalists will compete in Boston: defending men’s wheelchair champion Daniel Romanchuk (gold in the 400m); Marcel Hug, two-time Boston winner and wheelchair course record holder (800m, 1500m, 5000m, marathon); reigning wheelchair champion and course record holder Manuela Schär (400m, 800m); five-time winner Tatyana McFadden (4x100m universal relay); and the Japanese Misato Michishita (T12 marathon).
  • Danica Patrick, NASCAR and Indy Car Driver, to Race for the Matt Light Foundation
  • James Develin, former New England Patriots full-back and Super Bowl champion, to appear at the Joe Andruzzi Foundation
  • Chris Nikic, the ESPY award-winning Ironman triathlete who in 2020 became the first person with Down’s syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon, will compete in his first Boston Marathon.
  • Brian d’Arcy James, Broadway star in Shrek the musical and Hamilton and actor of Projector, will participate in his first Boston Marathon.
  • Grand Marshals of Ceremonies for the 125th Boston Marathon include Boston Marathon Champions Sara Mae Berman, Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Jack Fultz and Meb Keflezighi, as well as healthcare workers from members of the Official Marathon Charity Program of Boston and the John Hancock nonprofit program. Frontline workers honored include Meg Femino of Beth Israel Lahey Health; Martha Kaniaru of Spaulding Rehabilitation; Loren Aiello of Boston Children’s Hospital; Eric Goralnick of Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Christopher S. Lathan of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Mark Mullins of Tufts Medical Center; Anely Lopes of Boston Medical Center; and Susan Wilcox of Massachusetts General Hospital. The Grand Marshals will cover the entire 26.2 miles in two Boston DUCK Boats, Back Bay Bertha and Catie Copley.


  • The BAA Racing app is free and downloadable today. The BAA Racing app offers live participant tracking, standings, results, an interactive course map, race information, and more. Search for “Boston Marathon” in your mobile app store and download it today.


  • The Boston Marathon is the oldest marathon held annually in the world, with this year’s race being the 125th run. The history and legacy of the race will be showcased through banners in Boston, archival displays in Copley Square and at the Boston Marathon Fan Fest presented by Amazon.
  • This year’s race, October 11, will be the first fall edition of the Boston Marathon, and the first time the race has been held outside of the traditional Patriots Day date in April. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the race has been postponed from its usual date of the third Monday in April to October 11. This will be the first Boston Marathon in person in 910 days, as the 2020 edition was held as a virtual experience in September 2020. This year’s race falls on October 11, which is International Day of the Girl and also increasingly recognized as Indigenous Peoples Day in towns and villages along the marathon route.
  • The 125th Virtual Boston Marathon will be held October 8-10, 2021 in neighborhoods around the world, as nearly 30,000 athletes run 26.2 miles at home. The virtual component of this year’s race was open to anyone 18 years of age or older and included athletes from 114 countries and all 50 states. Combined with the in-person race, it will be the largest Boston Marathon in history with nearly 50,000 participants.
  • The 125th Boston Marathon will feature the very first Para-athletics divisions, offering cash prizes and awards to athletes with visual impairments, lower limb impairments and upper limbs. The Boston Marathon is the first major marathon to offer cash prizes and awards to para-athletes in all three categories. A total scholarship of $ 27,500 will be available, including $ 1,500 for first place in all three divisions for men and women. Among the 30 athletes competing in the para-athletics divisions are Paralympians, world record holders and ultramarathoners.



125th Boston Marathon | Hopkinton in Boston, MA

The world’s oldest annual marathon celebrates community spirit and the pursuit of athletic excellence every year. A media workroom with limited seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis at the Fairmont Copley Plaza from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Press conferences with the best graduates will take place at the end of the race and virtual interviews with the media will be available here from around 11:15 am.


Boston Marathon Champions Press Conference | 10:00 am | Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

This press conference will feature the 125th Boston Marathon Champions and other notable finalists, as well as officials from the Boston Athletic Association.

For the 36th year, John Hancock will be the main sponsor of the Boston Marathon. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Boston Marathon has been moved from its traditional date from the third Monday in April to Monday, October 11. The fall race will feature 20,000 participants, as well as a rolling start for the first time. The in-person race will be complemented by a virtual race, which will run from Friday October 8 to Sunday October 10.

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