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Boston Marathon Reviews


4.9 Stars from 34 Runners





  

By about 2017


Review

Great crowd support, great course, challenging, bucket list race


Race Tips

Go slow 1st half


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay in Airbnb , take the runners bus to the start


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2017


Review

The crowd support was outstanding. Just being in Boston was a fun experience. The Expo is huge and has so many vendors for runners. The runners wore their jackets, shirts and medals all over town. Runner complimented each other over finishing, which was unusual. The Boston people welcome the runners into town. The race is pretty expensive with hefty hotel charges. Many more details to manage than a local course.


Race Tips

Boston's course is famous for the Newton Hills and Heartbreak, living up to the expectation. Make sure you train on uphills and downhills. The downhills are hard on the quads. The temps in Boston for race day can be higher so make sure you try to acclimate as much as possible. The race starts at later morning so practice fueling before long runs. Bring clothes to wear for cold or warm temps.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

We worked with Marathon Travel to find a hotel and it went smoothly. I would try to book as close to the finish line as possible. We stayed at the Boston Park Plaza and it was okay for the price. The area of Boylston Street has many restaurants and runners are at the sport stores and finish area for photos. Took a travel bus to the starting line and I recommend that. We could stay in a comfortable seat and rest for the race.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2017


Review

What's not to like? It's the Boston Marathon! Great crowds from Hopkinton to Boston. It's definitely an experience of a lifetime.


Race Tips

I would recommend you get into town on Friday and take it all in. Watch the 5K on Saturday, run shakeouts on the river, shop at the expo, visit Hopkinton and drive the course. On race day, be prepared for a long bus ride from Boston to Hopkinton. Be prepared to wait around in the athlete village and corrals for a while. The downhills in the first half really take a toll on you. Be prepared for massive soreness in your quads for several days to a week after the race.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I think the Back Bay neighborhood is the best area to stay since you're close to the action during the weekend and near the finish line on Monday. Book your hotel as early as possible!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2017


Review

The energy in Boston is amazing. I did not like the amount of trash on the course.


Race Tips

You need to stay downtown. It's impossible to stick to a pacing strategy at the start due to crowding. ,


4 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2017


5 / 5 Stars


  Overwhelming for a first timer

By about 2017


Review

For a first timer, it was at times overwhelming. The support was great.


Race Tips

Don't let the magnitude of the event distract or keep you from getting your routine in. Warm up and stretch like you would any other day...


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Getting bussed out took longer than expected. Had very little time in Hopkinton.


4 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Incredible event and organization - but a wicked hahd race!


Race Tips

Don't go to the Expo every day before Marathon Monday and don't go drinking for three nights in a row with all the folks from Saucony and New Balance.


4 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

The tradition is like no other. If you have the opportunity and qualify, run it.


Race Tips

Try, try, try to hold back in the beginning. This is hard with the downhill start, but you will thank yourself later ehn you hit the hills.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I love staying downtown, but it is pricy. If you are on a budget, consider staying outside the city as long as you have access to the train or subway. Or if you are travelling with family consider staying in Framingham or Westborough where you can be driven to Hopkinton State Park and take a quick (1 mile) bus ride to the start area. They can watch the start and then drive to the city and see you finish easily - even if you are a 2:30 guy!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Iconic! well-organized! Fun and if run correctly, not as hard as many marathons.


Race Tips

The route offers no shade. Start off conservative and don't get swept away by the excitement. Save your quads for the late hills. Let it go after Heartbreak Hill--it is mostly downhill. Take in the crowds--they are fantastic.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay downtown within walking distance of the runner's buses.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

The atmosphere of this race is unsurpassed!


Race Tips

The first few miles are downhill, so it's important to run conservatively, and with good form to avoid trashing your quads early. You'll need them in the Newton hills between mile 16-20.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

It is at the TOP of the Bucket List for most Runners!


Race Tips

You are a Parade with thousands of strangers lined up to cheer you on!


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Enjoy the race and even more than trying to PR.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Race Tips

Don't be afraid of the famous hills, they aren't that bad as long as you don't run the first half too hard. I just cruised the first half and ran a negative split even with the hills in the second half.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Without being lengthy. Excellent. Top notch


Race Tips

Downhill and hill training near end of long runs. Take the 1st 5-6 k approx 15 sec slower than race pace and save the quads


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Historic, Iconic...The mother of Marathons! Starts in the country ends in the heart of downtown Boston. Impeccably organized! Crowds are intense!


Race Tips

Train on hills.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Have a beer at the Black Rose or Bell in Hand afterwards.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

I stayed near finish with a number of friends and enjoyed the fans. Cost is high but worth it. Public transportation was very usable.


Race Tips

I have run it 5 times. 2016 was the one Boston that I did not go out slow and it was miscible for the last 5 miles.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

book hotel early. even before you get in since you can cancel. Watch flights as they fluctuate a great deal. Take time to go to the free pasta dinner. You can go in on Sunday but to get the true experience arrive no later then Saturday and really Friday.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Every runner should be able to experience Boston at least once in their lives! If one cannot qualify by time, there are charity openings. I have volunteered for Boston for three decades and come back every year. :-)


Race Tips

Do your hill work before attempting Boston. Enjoy the crowds along the way...especially the Wellesley College co-eds' "scream tunnel!" The point to point course is truly New England unique...starting the little town of Hopkinton by their Village Green and finishing in the heart of Boston!


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Savor the energy, bustle and crowds of Boston Marathon Weekend! The hotel are comparatively expensive, but you're getting a great experience. You do not need a car since public transportation is plentiful and the race bus shuttle efficient. Just read and follow the race instructions and you'll be good to go. See you there!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Tradition and the feeling of being part of history. There is a reason the field size is limited and qualifying standards exist.


Race Tips

Take it easy the first sixteen miles, the next seven miles are long. Don't run down the hill too fast into Cleveland Circle either.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

This is the Granddaddy of all marathons. The downside now is no warm clothes at the finish line anymore. You have 1/2 mile+ walk to get your clothes. If you don't get to the village early you will not be under the tent and be outside and cold and if raining you will be wet and cold for hours before your start. I have done 20 Bostons and next year Boston will be my 100th Marathon as it was my first marathon, I want the 100th to be special.


Race Tips

The race is downhill for the first 15+ miles (some rollers, but downhill) then at 16 you go up a hill almost a mile (biggest hill on course) open to all the elements. Heartbreak hill is only 0.3 miles and not that steep.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Wear plenty of throw away clothes for the start. Try to have someone who loves you at the finish with warm clothes.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Crowded, but historic. Try to enjoy, not the best race for a PR attempt.


Race Tips

Definitely be careful of the downhills in the first 4 miles. They are deceiving. Go out slower.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Good luck. The whole town is a bit of a zoo. Leave lots of time. Try to share a hotel with friends. Everything overpriced. If not, AirBnB.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

It's the most competitive race I've ever run and I had plenty of people to pace off of the whole time. It rained hard in 2015 which made for great racing temps and sub-optimal conditions at the finish line. My chief complaint was that the organizers did not move the thermal blanket station up closer to the finish line until later in the day, so many athletes finishing below 3 hours spent the first 15 minutes after the race standing uncovered in rain and 40F.


Race Tips

The downhill start definitely lends to a positive split but you can minimize the damage of that by balancing your effort on the hills in miles 15-19 before Heartbreak. I had a 2 minute positive split and my first 4-5 miles of the race were 10 seconds faster than I wanted. You can really roll on the first half of the course if you want to.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I took the buses out to the course. I was in Wave 1, Corral 2 and thus was able to get some real estate to sit down early under the tent when it started to rain.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


Review

The classic of all races. Fastest field...... Qualifying makes it very special.


Race Tips

Negative splits are best with a very conservative first 4 miles.... Push it on the last 10k.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

MBTA Green line - riverside line.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


Review

The atmosphere at Boston is unique. Going to the course so early is a hassle, and the security is a hassle, but the race is worth it.


Race Tips

Don't count on a PR. The course looks fast, but it isn't. There are way too many variables (crowds, weather, course, weird start time, etc) that you can't control, so go for the experience, not for the PR.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2013


Review

It's a amazing run - crowds and the history make this a bucket list item. As for the race itself - not so much. The course is narrow - and overcrowded. I limit this to a once every 5 years or so event.


Race Tips

Unless you're in coral 1 or 2 - forget pacing. It ain't gonna happen. You'll be struggling to find a rhythm for the 2-4 miles. Best to take it easy for the first 5 and enjoy it. Then if all is right, try racing.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2013


Review

Great race. Will always have a place in my heart as the race where my family was spared from death, and where I cannot even approach the finish line without tearing up.


Race Tips

This course can be fast, but you need to chill out for the first half. You may want to not even go with the flow of fellow (perhaps foolish) runners the first half: purposely slow down if your splits are faster than they ought to be. Then slowly reel in the last half of the race. You're going to be tired, anyway, for the Newton Hills, but if you have paced properly you will be able to handle them just fine. Even after that, you have five more miles to turn up the heat.

Don't listen to anybody who talks about getting caught up in the half marathon course or going on the wrong side of the road. The full and half are not even on the same day (they are months apart).


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Hotels in Boston are very expensive, so consider only staying there after the race for a night or two. For the night before the race, two years in a row I stayed in Milford, MA which is much closer to the starting line. They have shuttles from the small towns to the athlete village, much closer to your desired time, so you don't have to sit around the village for hours waiting to get to the start (and you don't have to board the BAA buses at 6:00 in the morning).


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2013


Review

I ran this the year of the bombing. Wasn't a great finishing experience. But everything leading up to the day was great!


Race Tips

Prepare for rolling hills.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2012


Review

Awesome town with so much history. It was great, although I had to be careful not to walk around all day trying to see everything! No complaints about anything related to race organization.


Race Tips

I was planning to PR when I ran Boston back in 2011 as I assumed a substantial net loss in elevation would help me run faster. Don't fool yourself, this is a tough course if you don't train on hilly terrain. I ran it 11 minutes slower than my qualifier, and I talked to others who had the same thing happen to them. Train for rolling hills...


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Make sure to visit the starting line the day before the race.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2012


Review

The environment, atmosphere and crowds were amazing.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Pre-race is a logistical challenge. Think through how to manage all of the time you are likely to have waiting for the start.


5 / 5 Stars


  Do your hill work!

By about 2011


Review

It's Boston. What else can I say. I qualified after my fourth attempt over three years. It was worth the wait! The crowds were awesome on every bit of the course. Welleslley didn't disappoint, but the kids at Boston College were incredible and came right after Heartbreak Hill.


Race Tips

After I BQ'd, I trained specifically for the Boston course. The hill work I did got me over the hills in Newton, but I was really unprepared for the downhills after that. My legs really blew up. I'd recommend training downhills for this course more than concentrating on the uphills. I still managed to PR though!


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

We stayed at the Marriott just down from the Hynes Civic Center (expo). It was very convenient. Although on race morning we had to take a taxi to the buses since the nearest subway line was closed.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2010


Review

Excellent crowds and great town.


Race Tips

Hills and unpredictable weather.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Close to finish is best.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2006


Review

Excellent crowd support. weather too warm.


Race Tips

Go out slow.


5 / 5 Stars





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