The world’s oldest marathon used to start in two waves.
Boston-Marathon-Bound Runners: Get ready for yet one more change. Beginning this year, the famous 26.2-mile race will start in three equal waves of 9,000 runners each. According to an article on the Metro West Daily News‘ Web site, marathon officials made the change in order to streamline the race. Previously, the marathon started in two waves.
Runners in the first wave will wear red bibs. They will leave with the elite male runners at 10 a.m. Twenty minutes later, the second wave–wearing white bibs–will depart from Hopkinton. The third wave takes off at 10:40. Officials estimate the last runner will cross the starting line at 10:50.
The main reason for the change is to allow for a more orderly pre-race environment. It is also supposed to lessen the density of runners along the 26.2-mile course.
“We continue to study methods to improve the race for our participants,” said race director David McGillivray. “and we are pleased to have a partnership with the town of Hopkinton which allows an improved staging area and start for both the participants and the town’s residents.”
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