Each wave will include approximately 9,000 runners.
"The introduction of a third wave at the start of the Boston Marathon will provide a better pre-race and starting experience for our runners,” said Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon race director, via a BAA press release. “We continue to study methods to improve the race for our participants, 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 of Hopkinton’s residents.”
The start times (approx. number in parentheses):
9 a.m.: mobility impaired (6)
9:17 a.m.: wheelchair division (30)
9:22 a.m.: handcycles (24)
9:32 a.m.: elite women (50)
10 a.m.: elite men and wave 1 (color-coded red)
10:20 a.m.: wave 2 (white)
10:40 a.m.: wave 3 (blue)
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes