Boston Marathon 2018 live: How to watch, viewer’s guide and race times
Wellcome to Watch The 122nd Boston Marathon is shaping up to be another historic race after organizers managed to land the four best U.S. female marathoners to try and end a 33-year drought without an American women’s champion. It will be no easy task, as reigning champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya returns to defend her title and is one of three East Africans who have run under 2:20. The men’s race is headlined by a rematch of last year’s victor Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya and runner-up Galen Rupp, the 2017 Chicago Marathon champion and two-time Olympic medalist.
How to watch on TV and online (all times Eastern)
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Nationally, NBC Sports Network will provide coverage from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
In the Boston area, WBZ (the CBS affiliate) will have coverage from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. with the live stream on its website.
There may never be another “normal” Boston Marathon again, not after the 2013 bombings at the finish line, and this year’s version, when around 30,000 runners step to the starting line, will be no exception.The race will begin at 8:40 a.m. Eastern time in Hopkinton, Mass., and will end at the Boylston Street finish line where the bombings occurred in Boston, with the usual Red Sox game going on at Fenway Park.
Previewing the 2018 Boston Marathon: Four Elite Women Vie to End U.S. Drought.The Boston Marathon has made headlines in recent days for its inclusion of transgender runners. But organizers say they’ve actually been participating for several years.”We don’t require that runners outline their gender identity history with us, so we can’t say for certain how many trans runners are in our race. We do know that we have had several transgender runners in the past,” said T.K. Skenderian, Director of Communications for the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the annual race.
On Monday, the elite women will start at 9:32 a.m. ET and the elite men will go off at 10 a.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on TV on NBC Sports Network but can also be streamed on NBC Sports Gold. I will be in Boston providing live updates on Twitter—you can follow along here.