BOSTON— The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) invites members of the media to attend Boston Marathon Media Day on Friday, April 15 in Boston. Please see specific event information below, as well as additional resources highlighting the 126th Boston Marathon.
FRIDAY, APRIL 15 – ONE BOSTON DAY & BOSTON MARATHON MEDIA DAY
Boston Marathon Finish Line Installation | 8:00 a.m. | Boylston Street Finish Line
The finish line will begin being installed in anticipation of the 126th Boston Marathon (weather permitting).
John Hancock Professional Athlete Press Conference | 10:00 a.m. | Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
Members of the John Hancock Professional Athlete field, including Olympic and Paralympic medalists, race champions, and winners of Abbott World Marathon Majors races, will be available for group and individual interviews. Select athletes will also be available virtually for media not in attendance upon request. Credentials are required to attend this press conference.
One Boston Day | 2:00 p.m. | Boylston Street Memorials
In remembrance of the victims of 2013, there will be a wreath laying at each of the memorials located on Boylston Street. There will be a performance by Dorchester Bay’s Boston City Singers and a moment of silence will be observed at 2:49 p.m. ET. Pool feeds will be available for local television broadcasters.
Boston Marathon Opening Celebration | 5:00 p.m. | Boston Marathon Fan Fest, Copley Square Park
B.A.A. officials will kick off race weekend at a special celebratory event honoring Boston Marathon legends and milestones. Five finishers from the 1972 Boston Marathon – the first to feature an official women’s division – will be honored, and the annual Dick & Rick Hoyt Award and Patriots’ Award will be given to a pair of distinguished guests.
FRIDAY, APRIL 15 THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 17
Boston Marathon Expo | Hynes Convention Center
The Boston Marathon Expo will be open to participants and members of the public from Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. Participants will pick up their bib numbers and explore a sponsor pavilion, pose for photo-ops, and shop the largest collection of adidas Boston Marathon merchandise in town.
Boston Marathon Fan Fest presented by Amazon | Copley Square
Boston Marathon Fan Fest presented by Amazon in Copley Square Park will be the place to soak in the race week atmosphere. Fan Fest will play host to live music, entertainment, photo-ops, meet and greets, archives, the final Boston Marathon training clinic, and more. A full schedule of panelists can be found here; Friday’s guests include Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray and 2014 champion Meb Keflezighi.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: On Wednesday, April 13, Spencer the dog was named the Official Dog of the 126th Boston Marathon. Spencer will be at his traditional spot in Ashland cheering on runners as they pass by, just weeks after overcoming cancer. Spencer is truly a VIP – Very Important Pup.
UPDATED START LISTS: The most up-to-date start lists for the Professional Men’s, Women’s, Wheelchair, and Para Athletics Division can be found here.
MARATHON RESOURCES: The B.A.A. encourages all media to frequently visit our Boston Marathon Media Resources page (https://bstnmar.org/Media) for up-to-date start lists, links, and information. This year’s Media Guide, Uniform Guide, Participant Guide, splits, transcripts, and results will be available within the Media Resources page.
If you intend to be stationed at the Mixed Zone at the corner of Dartmouth & Boylston Streets, we encourage you to fill out this form to help us better assist with interviews. Our media personnel and volunteers will be happy to connect you with athletes for interviews.
126th Boston Marathon Media Schedule of Events Continued (subject to change)
SATURDAY, APRIL 16
2022 B.A.A. 5K | 8:00 a.m. | Boston Common
Nearly 10,000 participants will take part in the first race of the B.A.A. Distance Medley, racing 3.1 miles through Back Bay. B.A.A. 5K registration opened to the general public in February. A stellar professional field features top American and international athletes. Special Olympics Massachusetts, the exclusive fundraising partner of the B.A.A. 5K, will field a team of 100 athletes raising funds to provide opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to compete and train in an inclusive and supportive environment. A media area will be located on Boston Common.
2022 B.A.A. Invitational Mile | 10:30 a.m. | Boylston Street/Boston Marathon Finish Line
The B.A.A. Invitational Mile features some of the top professional milers in the world, as well as scholastic student-athletes from each of the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route.
2022 B.A.A. Relay Challenge | 1:00 p.m. | Boylston Street between Dartmouth & Clarendon Streets
More than 20 middle schools and youth programs from around Greater Boston will gather for the B.A.A. Relay Challenge. In the culmination of a month-long program taught by volunteer coaches, the relay challenge features students racing in relays and learning running tips from B.A.A. athletes and coaches.
MONDAY, APRIL 18
126th Boston Marathon | Hopkinton to Boston, MA
A field of 30,000 athletes will participate in the 126th running of the Boston Marathon, covering 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston. The world’s oldest annually run marathon celebrates community spirit and the pursuit of athletic excellence each year. A media work room with limited seating will be available first-come, first-served in the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.
Schedule of Starts:
6:00 a.m. ET – Military Marchers
9:02 a.m. ET – Wheelchair Division – Men
9:05 a.m. ET – Wheelchair Division – Women
9:30 a.m. ET – Handcycle & Duo Participants
9:37 a.m. ET – Professional Men
9:45 a.m. ET – Professional Women
9:50 a.m. ET – Para Athletics Divisions
10:00 a.m. ET – Wave 1
10:25 a.m. ET – Wave 2
10:50 a.m. ET – Wave 3
11:15 a.m. ET – Wave 4
Boston Marathon Mile 27 Post-Race Party presented by Samuel Adams | 6:30 p.m. | Fenway Park
The Mile 27 Post-Race Party presented by Samuel Adams returns to Fenway Park. Finishers can enjoy America's most beloved ballpark, walk on the warning track, and savor refreshments as they cheers to conquering 26.2 miles. Media members can gain access to the Post-Race Party with their media credential.
TUESDAY, APRIL 19
Boston Marathon Champions’ Press Conference | 10:00 a.m. | Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
This press conference will feature champions of the 126th Boston Marathon and other notable finishers, as well as officials from the Boston Athletic Association.
For the 37th year, John Hancock will serve as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon.
Credential Pick-Up: Media credential pick-up will occur within the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel’s State Suite from Thursday, April 14 through Sunday, April 17 within the following hours:
Friday, April 15 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 17 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
All media members will be required to sign a COVID-19 vaccination attestation and Boston Marathon News & Media Access Guidelines agreement upon picking up credentials.