$220,000Time & record bonus
As runners reach the top, they can see downtown Boston for the first time, four miles in the distance. After running through Brookline, the course enters Boston where it finishes on historic Boylston Street.
Inspired by their experience at the 1896 Olympic Games, several members of the Boston Athletic Association founded their own marathon in 1897. The race has been run every year since (though the 1918 edition featured a military relay rather than an individual race) and is now the world's oldest annual marathon.
Both the start and finish lines have been moved over the years, but much of the original course remains exactly as it was originally designed. Since 1924 the race has begun in the town of Hopkinton, and from there the point-to-point course descends through Ashland, Framingham, Natick and Wellesley. Upon entering Newton, the course gradually rises to the famous Heartbreak Hill. As runners reach the top, they can see downtown Boston for the first time, four miles in the distance. After running through Brookline, the course enters Boston where it finishes on historic Boylston Street.
Runners must qualify for entry by meeting time standards corresponding to gender and age, which is another aspect – besides its course and longevity – unique to the Boston Marathon.
|Men||2:03:02 (Geoffrey Mutai, KEN, 2011)|
|Women||2:19:59 (Buzunesh Deba, ETH, 2014)|
|Men's Wheelchair||1:18:04 (Marcel Hug, SUI, 2017)|
|Women's Wheelchair||1:28:17 (Manuela Schar, SUI, 2017)|
US$830,500 (US$150,000 for male & female champions)
Wheelchair prize purse: US$84,500 (US$20,000 for male & female champions)
TIME & RECORD BONUSES
US$150,000 (US$50,000 world best; US$25,000 course record)
Wheelchair time & record bonus: US$35,000 (US$10,000 world best; US$7,500 course record)
35,868 finishers (1996)
Charity impact (2018)
$36.6 million ($333 million total since 1989)