Your Ultimate Guide to the Boston Marathon

Whether you’re a runner or cheering them along from the sidelines, Marathon Monday is hands down one of the most exciting and vibrant days in Boston. If you’re visiting for the weekend or you’re a local, make sure to enjoy the many special events, dinner deals, and activities happening throughout the city, not just on Monday, but during the entire weekend.

Marathon Weekend

John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo:
All runners will have to stop by to pick up their bib prior to race day, but there is something for everyone here. Voted “The Best Runner’s Expo” in the country, anyone remotely interested in running or fitness in general can spend hours exploring the booths of over 200 top running companies. Some of last year’s vendors included Adidas, Gatorade, Clif Bar, Asics, and Flip Belt. For more information visit:


AT&T’s Eat & Run Event: AT&T and Boston magazine are inviting runners, foodies, residents, and visitors to AT&T’s flagship store on Boylston Street for a pre-race day celebration, including a meet-and-greet with trailblazer, Kathrine Switzer and a chance to purchase an autographed copy of her book, Marathon Woman. Also enjoy tasty and nutritious treats by local esteemed chefs, Brendan Pelley, Carl Dooley, and Josh Lewin. The event is free to attend. For more information and to RSVP visit:

Where to Eat

Don’t carbo-load with a sad plate of spaghetti made at home. Instead, stop by some of Boston’s best restaurants and enjoy their mouthwatering pasta specials. Spectators, this goes for you too! It takes a lot of energy to cheer on runners all day, right?

Lucia: On Marathon Eve, Lucia, located in the heart of the North End, will be serving homemade pasta specials. They will have an a la carte pasta menu as well as specials daily.

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SRV: For athletes looking to carb-load with homemade pastas seemingly straight out of the kitchens of Venice, on Sunday, April 16, SRV will be serving up a special, pasta-themed Asenale menu for $50 per person.

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Bricco: Where better to fill up on carb’s than Boston’s North End? The North End’s beloved Bricco will be offering a Bolognese special for approximately $24 on Sunday, April 16.

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Viewing The Race

Whether you want to be right in the middle of the action or a little further away from the hectic crowds, there is a spot for anyone- there are 26 miles on the marathon route after all.

If the city crowds aren’t your thing, watch from the starting line in Hopkinton, join Wellesley’s “Scream Tunnel”, or give the runners some extra encouragement as they take on Heartbreak Hill. As you get closer to Boston College, the streets get more and more packed and rowdy.

However, if the action is what you want, be right in the middle of it by staking out a spot in Kenmore Square or Boylston Street. In Kenmore Square, watch the race from the outdoor seating at Eastern Standard, Bloody Mary in hand.

Boylston Street is by far the most chaotic, but many would argue that it’s also the most fun. Camp out at The Pour House and enjoy their signature “Marathon Mimosas” or join Porto for their day-long Patio Party! Opening at 8am, Porto will be serving breakfast sandwiches and pastries, the Island Creek Oyster crew will be shucking oysters, and they will be showing the race from their TVs throughout the day.

No matter what events you attend or where you view the race, the spirit and excitement buzzing through Boston the whole weekend is undeniable and unlike any other sporting event in the country.

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