Posted: 21/10/2015 at 23:20
Buses start at 6AM but there will be a scheduled time for your wave. You will receive (detailed ) instructions with your race passport.
Security considerations means you can only leave a (limited) amount of baggage in a clear bag at Boston Common. Anything you take on the bus needs to be used / worn / eaten or thrown away.
Why I like this one? - As a race it is great as long as you can cope with a few undulations. From a running perspective it's less crowded than London, less street furniture etc. to trip you up on route. Water and Gatorade every couple of miles in paper cups rather than bottles.
What makes it different? Boston isn't a huge city like London but I've heard that Dublin is the most similar where the whole town is involved. Marathon Monday is their local public holiday. Families with houses along the route sit out, offer food and drink, have barbeques. Bars open at 8AM for supporters. For the major part of the route there are no metal barriers, only a bit of rope.Fantastic atmosphere.
Last year we also entered the 5K race on the Saturday. Very pricey but a nice experience, fast course with tech shirt and medal.