Race organizers are scrambling to find a way to keep runners, walkers, and cyclists from racing at the 2018 marathon.
Here’s what you need to know about marathoning and the race itself.
Read more Here are the main rules for the Boston Marathon: Marathon distance: 3.5 miles, from Start to Finish (about 2 hours and 32 minutes).
Marathon pace: 5 minutes per mile, with stops along the way.
Race day starts at 9 a.m. local time (6 p.m ET).
Organizers expect to start the race with roughly 200,000 runners, but that number is subject to change.
Participants who finish within the top five finishers in each category (and the top three overall) can earn prizes ranging from a free pair of marathon shorts to a race ticket to a $500 gift card.
Here are some of the major prizes that runners will likely receive: $50,000 – The winner of each of the six categories (running, walking, biking, rowing, and half marathon) will receive a pair of free Boston Marathon shorts and a $50 gift card to purchase a Boston Marathon ticket.
$20,000 for the runner who completes the race on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday is also allowed).
$10,000 if the runner finishes within the Top Five of the individual and the combined Top Five in the five sub-categories (running or walking, rorowing or half marathon).
More than $4,000 in prizes for the top two finishers (the Top Five overall and the Top Two in the individual category) and runners who finish the race in the top 10 overall.
A $100 gift card for the person who completes all five categories (including running) in the marathon.
More prizes for runners who complete the marathon in the fall (December through March) or the spring (April through August).
The race organizers are looking for marathoners who have completed at least the last four marathones, meaning that someone who has completed five marathone ultras or marathon ultras, and one marathon in which they’ve finished, will be eligible to receive prizes.
If the marathoners have finished marathonies in the past, the race organizers will be able to determine if they qualify for a medal.
The race will start on Sunday, March 1 at 10:00 a.p.m., and run through Monday at 6:00 p.n.
The Boston Marathon will run through Friday at 7:00p.p., and the last 100 meters will be on Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.s.p.; it will end at 5:00pm.
There are no pre-race appointments.
If you have any questions about marathon rules, you can call the marathon office at 617-724-8125.
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