Latest: The Boston marathon has currently been scheduled for Monday 11th October 2021, please do check closer to the time for any changes. There will also be a virtual race alongside the 125th Boston Marathon.
The live stream
of the Boston marathon has been bringing coverage of this great race to a global audience for several years now, making it one of the most watched marathons for ahtletics fans worldwide.
The Boston Marathon is one of the older events, having first been established in 1897 and has been managed throughout it's entire history by the iconic Boston Athletic Association or BAA. The Boston marathon actually lays claim to be the oldest annual marathon taking place continuously anywhere in the world.
One of the more noteworthy features of the Boston marathon is that you can't just register turn up and run, but you need to post a qualifying time from another marathon, with priority given to those with faster times. This makes it a genuinely competitive event, with everyone participating being runners of a very decent standard.
Boston Marathon Date
The Boston Marathon in 2021 now takes place on Monday 11th October.
The start times for the race are staggered by category, and take place over quite an extended time frame, reflecting the size of the field. All of these times are at ET local Boston time:
Men's Push Rim Wheelchair 9:02am
Women's Push Rim Wheelchair 9:04am
Handcycles and Duos 9:25am
Elite Women 9:32am
Elite Men and Wave One 10:00am
Wave Two 10:25am
Wave Three 10:50am
Wave Four 11:15am
The course is as follows:
Start on Main Street, Hopkinton
Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley
Route 16 through Newton Lower Falls to Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill Avenue
Commonwealth Avenue (inbound)
Finish in Copley Square, near the John Hancock Tower.
The famous Heartbreak Hill comes in mile 22.
There is then an official post marathon party in Fenway Park.
2021 Boston Marathon, a World Marathon Majors road race, live stream, TV coverage, results, elite start lists, schedule.
The event takes place on Monday, October 11 at 8:00am local time in Boston.
Race day schedule - time US Eastern (GMT +4):
Men’s Wheelchair: 8:02 a.m.
Women’s Wheelchair: 8:05 a.m.
Handcycles and Duos: 8:30 a.m.
Professional Men: 8:37 a.m.
Professional Women: 8:45 a.m.
Para Athletics Division: 8:50 a.m.
Rolling start (begins): 9 a.m.
Boston Marathon live stream and TV coverage:
WBZ-TV will broadcast the event live at 7 a.m. while NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports app will broadcast the race for the In the United States audience starting at 7:30 a.m. local time.
The international live stream and live TV broadcast channels will be posted here.
How to watch the Boston Marathon live on TV or the internet
Olympic marathon medalist and Waltham native Deena Kastor will cover the race with the WBZ-TV team. On October 11, hundreds of thousands of spectators will line the Boston Marathon route from Hopkinton to the Back Bay to watch tens of thousands of runners give it their all. If you don’t want to deal with traffic and crowds but still want to stay up-to-date on the race, you’re in luck. There are plenty of ways to keep tabs on the 2021 Boston Marathon from the comfort of your home.
Just because Marathon Monday isn’t on Patriots’ Day this year doesn’t mean it won’t be as exciting.
Tens of thousands of runners (though fewer than normal!) will toe the line in Hopkinton on October 11, ready for a Boston Marathon they’ll never forget—especially because it took an extra year and a half to get there.
The 2020 Boston Marathon was canceled because of COVID-19, and earlier this year, the 2021 event was pushed to the fall. Those with guaranteed spots had to re-enter, and the necessary smaller field size left some runners out.
Whether you’re watching this year’s race from the sidelines or the couch, we have you covered on start times, runners to watch, streaming and broadcast information, and more.
What: The 2021 Boston Marathon
When: Monday, October 11. The first elite division—the men’s wheelchair—starts at 8:02 a.m. ET, and the non-elite rolling start begins at 9 a.m. ET.
Where: Boston, Massachusetts
How to Watch: The local race broadcast will be aired on CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV starting at 8 a.m., and the national race broadcast will be aired on NBC Sports Network starting at 7:30 a.m. Viewers can also stream the race on Peacock, which costs $4.99/month.
This year, both the women’s and men’s races are stacked with previous champions.
Four of the five last women’s open champions return in hopes of crossing the finish line first:
Caroline Rotich (2015 champion; 2:23:22)
Atsede Baysa (2016 champion; 2:22:03)
Edna Kiplagat (2017 champion; 2:19:50)
Des Linden (2018 champion; 2:22:38)
Joining the former champions is sub-2:20 marathoner Mare Dibaba. American Jordan Hasay, number-3 all-time on the U.S. women’s marathon list, will also be fighting for a top spot. 34-time U.S. champion Molly Huddle was set to compete as well, but pulled out on Friday after announcing on Instagram that she is expecting her first child in April 2022.
Three Boston Marathon champions highlight the men’s race:
Lelisa Desisa (2013 and 2015 champion; 2:04:45)
Lemi Berhanu (2016 champion; 2:04:33)
Geoffrey Kirui (2017 champion; 2:06:27)
Behind the champions, one of the deepest fields Boylston Street has ever seen—eight men have run 2:06 or faster—is ready to upset the former winners. Americans Scott Fauble, Colin Bennie, and Scott Smith have all run sub-2:10, but will have a lot of competitors to go through to make it onto the podium.
Be warned: the races are earlier this year than usual. Set your alarm earlier on October 11 than you would on Patriots’ Day. All times in EDT.
8:02 a.m. – Men’s wheelchair
8:05 a.m. – Women’s wheelchair
8:30 a.m. – Handcycles and duos
8:37 a.m. – Professional men
8:45 a.m. – Professional women
8:50 a.m. – Para athletics
9 a.m. – Non-elite rolling start
How to Watch
The Boston Marathon website includes information for those wanting to spectate the race from different locations along the course, including in Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline.
BOSTON MARATHON COURSE MAP
If you can’t make it to Boston for the big day, there are plenty of other ways to watch the race.
For local Boston residents, the event will be aired live on CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV from 8:00 a.m EST on Monday, October 11. Those living outside the city can tune into the national broadcast on NBC Sports Network, which will be airing live race coverage starting at 7:30 a.m. If you don’t have a cable subscription, you can stream the race on Peacock, which costs $4.99/month.
Here’s what you need to know to watch the marathon live:
First of all, here’s when the race starts:
The first start time is 8:02 a.m., for mobility impaired runners. You can view a full list of start times here.
If you want to watch the race on TV…
Local coverage will be available on WBZ-TV (CBS). Pre-Race coverage begins with WBZ This Morning at 4:30 a.m., and race coverage will start at 8 a.m. Olympic marathon medalist and Waltham native Deena Kastor will cover the race alongside Lisa Hughes and Toni Reavis. CBS will replay the race at 8 p.m. on myTV38.
Live national coverage will air on NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports App from 7:30 a.m. to noon. A primetime encore replay of the race will air on Olympic Channel at 8 p.m.
For program and channel information, check your local listings.
If you want to listen to the race on the radio…
WBZ NewsRadio 1030 will begin coverage at 8:30 a.m. Jeff Brown and Sharon Barbano will host the coverage, and there will be a team of reporters along the course.
You can also listen to the coverage on the
If you want to live stream the race…
will stream coverage beginning at 8 a.m. Their team will also have a camera fixed on the finish line starting at around 11:15 a.m.
If you’re outside of New England (or your company’s computer servers are outside of New England), you won’t be able to view the elite portion of the race, from about 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CBSBoston.com’s online streaming rights end at the New England border for that portion of the race.