How to Watch the 2019 Boston Marathon

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The 123rd Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 15, and as the world’s oldest and one of the most challenging, if you’re not running it, you’re watching it. For those who aren’t traveling to the city for Patriot’s Day to compete or support runners in-person, you can still be part of the action from your living room couch.

NBC Sports will provide national TV coverage from 7:30 a.m. to noon CDT. The wheelchair athlete wave begins at 8:02 a.m. CDT, followed by elite women at 8:32 a.m., and elite men and wave one at 9 a.m. All waves will have started by 10:15 a.m. CDT, so be sure to tune in by then to catch all of the action.

If you can’t plop it in front of your TV for four hours on that day, download the Boston Athletic Association mobile app to stay connected on all the happenings! You can also listen to the race on the radio by downloading the iHeartRadio app.

To track specific athletes, utilize AT&T Athlete Alerts, by setting up an account and entering in the bib numbers of all the runners you want to track. You’ll receive text messages when your runners hit certain mile markers on the course with their time and pace.

Official Start Times (in Central Daylight Time)
  • Men’s Wheelchair: 8:02 a.m.
  • Women’s Wheelchair: 8:04 a.m.
  • Handcycles & Duo Participants: 8:25 a.m.
  • Elite Women: 8:32 a.m.
  • Elite Men: 9:00 a.m.
  • Wave One: 9:02 a.m.
  • Wave Two: 9:25 a.m.
  • Wave Three: 9:50 a.m.
  • Wave Four: 10:15 a.m.

To those traveling to Boston and running, good luck!

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run many distance races, and is going for her first marathon at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon this October. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism, and is working towards her Master in Arts in New Media and Marketing.

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