The 123rd running of the Boston Marathon is here! The big race, which will attract more than 30,000 distance runners, professionals and amateurs alike, will begin bright and early on Monday morning and is expected to be contested in rainy and windy conditions.
The action begins at 9 a.m. ET, but the elite groups don’t get started until the elite women go at 9:32 a.m. and the elite men go at 10 a.m. Television coverage will be provided by NBCSN, with WBZ-TV getting the local coverage (live streaming via fuboTV, NBC Sports, NBC Sports Gold, CBS Boston (Local) NBC Sports Apps).
No woman has won back-to-back races since 2004-05, but Des Linden will be trying to do just that. Edna Kiplagat, Mare Dibaba, and Worknesh Degefa are among other elite women to watch out for. Jordan Hasay is another American woman who might be able to push for a win.
Yuki Kawauchi will be defending his title, and there is the usual crop of excellent runners he’ll have to contend with, including Lelisa Desisa, Dathan Ritzenhein, Lawrence Cherono and Geoffrey Kirui, among others.
As always, the 26-mile course runs through the heart of Boston, from the start line in Hopkinton to the finish line on Boylston Street.
Below, you can find all you need to know to follow the action on Monday.
All times Eastern
Boston Marathon start times
9:02 a.m.: Men’s Wheelchair
9:04 a.m.: Women’s Wheelchair
9:25 a.m.: Handcycles & Duos
9:32 a.m.: Elite Women
10 a.m.: Elite Men
10:02 a.m.: Wave One
10:25 a.m.: Wave Two
10:50 a.m.: Wave Three
11:15 a.m.: Wave Four
How to watch the 2019 Boston Marathon
Date: Monday, April 15
Time: 8 a.m.
TV: NBCSN (National), CBS-WBZ-TV (Local)