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Runners from around the world will flock to Massachusetts to participate in the storied Boston Marathon on April 15. An estimated 30,000 athletes are expected to take on the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston in the 2019 race.

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Whether you’re joining the cheering crowds or getting inspired by the runners from afar, here’s what you need to know about the day’s event.

What time does the race start?
Runners leave Hopkinton in predetermined waves based on division and qualifying time. The men’s push rim wheelchair division starts the race at 9:02 a.m., followed two minutes later by the women’s push rim division, and then the handcycle and duo competitors at 9:25 a.m. The elite women’s field crosses the starting line at 9:32 a.m., and the elite men start at 10. The rest of the runners are broken down into groups, with Wave One starting at 10:02 a.m., Wave Two at 10:25 a.m., and Waves Three and Four going together at 10:30 a.m., a change due to the weather forecast this year, according to the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.).

Where should I stand?
Need to get there by MBTA or hoping to grab lunch before you do your cheering? Find the perfect viewing spot for you with this interactive map. Or, check out this list of the 10 best spots to watch the marathon — from Ashland to finish line.

If you want to skip the crowds in favor of some refreshments, here are 10 Boston bars where you can watch the marathon live.

And how should I get there?
City and race officials are urging spectators to leave their cars at home on Marathon Monday and instead rely on public transportation due to the expected road closures and parking restrictions for the race. The Commuter Rail is offering a $15 special pass for unlimited travel on the system through all zones that is valid all day Monday.

If you do plan on driving, traffic and parking restrictions will be in place in Boston. Check with the other towns and communities along the route for local impacts.

Those who will be taking public transportation will encounter some changes, too. The MBTA’s Copley Station will be closed all day on Marathon Monday. Three other Green Line stops will be impacted by the race. South Street (B Branch), Kent Street (C Branch), and St. Mary’s Street (C Branch) will be closed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For additional public transportation and commute info, check here.

What should I leave at home?
If you’re heading to watch the race, officials want you to leave your backpacks, coolers, and picnic blankets at home. Drones are also prohibited. The B.A.A. has a list of items that are banned from the route and any official venue, so be sure to check the list before you heading out.

What’s the weather going to be like?
Even though the weather will not be perfect, it won’t be a washout, meteorologist David Epstein predicts. It should mainly be dry from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m.

How can I watch from elsewhere?
If you’re cheering for a friend or loved one from afar, stuck at your desk, or just not a fan of crowds, you can still follow the race. Here’s how you can track the marathon by listening to the radio, watching TV, or streaming the event online.

Boston Marathon 2019

Boston Marathon 2019 : Boston Marathon Women’s Preview Guide In HD Tv mericans Des Linden & Jordan Hasay Take on a Field Led By 2:17 Woman Worknesh Degefa Boston Marathon 2019 April 15th will again witness thousands of spectators at the Boston Maraton route which starts from Hopkinton to the Back Bay. People gather here in huge numbers Boston Marathon will be held. The 30,000 participants will line up on Main Street in Hopkinton and make their way 26.2 miles through the city and its surrounding towns before racing past the finish line in Copley Square.

This year’s Boston Marathon, which will be held Monday, will be the 123rd running of the race that winds its way 26.2 miles from the town of Hopkinton to the finish line at Copley Square in downtown Boston.

It is the world’s oldest annual marathon, having started in 1897 after the successful debut of the marathon at the first modern Olympics in 1896.

Race date: The Boston Marathon is traditionally held on Patriots Day, the third Monday in April. The Boston Red Sox also have a traditional home game on Patriots Day with an early 11:05 a.m. first pitch. This year, the Red Sox play host to the Baltimore Orioles.

Signature feature: The most famous part of the course comes in between the 20th and 21st mile — Heartbreak Hill. It is an uphill portion of less than a half mile as the runners pass near the campus of Boston College, but it’s considered a crucial part of the race because it’s where participants’ energy often is depleted as they “hit the wall.”

There, in 1936, defending champion Johnny Kelley caught race leader Tarzan Brown and gave him a pat on the shoulder as he passed. However, Brown rallied to win and according to the Boston Globe’s account of the race, “broke Kelley’s heart” — hence the name Heartbreak Hill.

Course records: The men’s record is held by Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, who won the 2011 marathon in 2:03:02. The women’s record, set in 2014, is by Bezunesh Deba of Ethiopia in 2:19:59.

Defending champions Desiree Linden, left, of Washington, Mich., and Yuki Kawauchi, of Japan, display their assigned bib numbers in advance of the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday.
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Defending champions: In what organizers said were the coldest race conditions in 30 years — a chilly 39 degrees at the start — runners bundled in layers, gloves, hats and jackets to counter the rain and wind at last year’s marathon.

Desi Linden became the first American woman to win since 1985 when she crossed the finish line in 2:39:54. The two-time U.S. Olympian finally broke through in Boston after finishing fourth in 2017 and second in 2011.

In the men’s race, Yuki Kawauchi of Japan won his first Boston Marathon in 2:15:58. The last Japanese man to win was Toshihiko Seko in 1987.

World marathon majors: Boston is among the six largest marathons, along with Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City. A special prize purse is given to runners who accumulate the most points in the majors.

World Wars: Just five national sporting events were held during the two World Wars, and the Boston Marathon was one. The others? The Kentucky Derby, Penn Relays, Rose Parade and Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Tragedy: 2019 marks the six-year anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, when two explosions took place only a few seconds apart at the finish line.

A review of video from the scene focused a tense search for two brothers from Chechnya Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in an encounter with police three days after the bombing. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev finally was captured and sentenced to death by execution after a jury found him responsible for killing three people, seriously maiming 17 and injuring hundreds more.