Runner Information


Columbus Day
Monday, October 8, 2018

Start Time

12:00 Noon

Starting Line

Beacon Street


Race day activities will be at the Boston Common Parade Grounds

How To Get There

We encourage you to arrive at the Boston Common early, as several roads surrounding the Common will be closed by 10:00 AM. Use of public transportation is strongly recommended. The race site is within easy walking distance of the Boylston or Arlington MBTA Stops (Green Line) or Park Street MBTA Stop (Red or Green Line). Parking on race day is limited. The Boston Common Garage will be open for entry until 11:00 AM. It will be closed for entry from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. You can also expect exit delays from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Number Pick-Up

Pre-race registration number pick-up will be available at the Reebok Global Flagship Store, 25 Drydock Avenue, Boston on the following dates and times:

Thursday, October 4 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday, October 5 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 6 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, October 7 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Please note that there will be no pre-race registration number pick-up available on race day at the Boston Common.

What To Bring

Race number with ChronoTrack Timing Tag, safety pins, site plan of race activities, and warm-up clothing.

IMPORTANT: To ensure the safety of all participants, headphones and rollerblades are not permitted on the course.

Baggage Claim

There will be a baggage claim area on the Boston Common Parade Grounds. Your baggage claim ticket, which is located on your bib number, will be used to identify your baggage. You must show your race number to claim your baggage. Race management will not be held responsible for lost or stolen articles. All baggage must be claimed following the race and before 2:00 PM.

Race Timing

The race will be timed by the ChronoTrack B-Tag, a single use microchip contained in your bib number. In order to receive an accurate time, please confirm your bib is:

  • Clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Unaltered and unmodified (do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Pinned in all four corners
  • Not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)
  • Instant results on site and emailed directly to you!*

*Results emailed to participants who provide email at time of registration


Each person is seeded according to their pace per mile. (Please refer to the Seed Order section below.) Please listen to the announcements for your seed to be called proceed to the cross walk between the Boston Common and the Public Garden. All walkers must seed themselves after the 10-minute mile pace. The seedings will be carefully marked with balloons and signs on Charles Street behind the starting line. It is important to stay in your seed at the start to ensure smooth running throughout the race.

A slower runner or walker at the front of the pack could lead to injuries, should she not be able to keep up with the flow of the seed. With the ChronoTrack timing system, your start time does not begin until you cross the mats at the start line, so don’t worry about the time it takes to cross the line after the gun sounds. Do not try to run on either side of the mats, as your tag will not begin timing if you miss the mats.

Seed Pace (Min. per Mile) Est. Race Time in Min.
Seed 1 6:00 – 7:00 37:00 – 43:30
Seed 2 7:00 – 8:00 43:30 – 49:30
Seed 3 8:00 – 9:00 49:30 – 56:00
Seed 4 9:00 – 10:00 56:00 – 62:00
Seed 5 10:00 – 11:00 62:00 – 68:00
Seed 6 11:00 – 12:00 68:00 – 74:30
Seed 7 12:00 and over Over 74:30

Medical Information


If you need help during the race, move to the side of the road and contact the nearest Course Marshal or police officer. They will alert the Boston EMS medical bike team or ambulance that medical assistance is needed. If you see another runner in distress, please notify the nearest Course Marshal or police officer with the injured runner’s location.

Fill out the backside of your number with any medicinal allergies you might have, as well as a local emergency contact.

Runner Courtesy

Please be courteous to your fellow runners. Due to the size of the field, consideration of your fellow runners is essential to ensure a safe race. If you want to stop running, please pull off to the side before you stop.

Click here for additional runner courtesy information.

Please note: Because the race is a USA Track & Field-sanctioned event, the rule states that baby strollers are not permitted. Runners pushing baby strollers are considered not “official.” If you choose to run with a stroller, please seed yourself in the stroller corral at the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets. Please run with your stroller on the left-hand side of the pack throughout the race – do not crisscross through the pack. Please do not bump runners’ feet with the stroller wheels, and remember to call out to surrounding runners when you are passing. Following these guidelines will prevent accidents and avoid harm to your child or to other runners.

Water Stations and Mile Markers

There will be six water stations along the route and two on the Boston Common. Stay hydrated! Each mile will be clearly marked by a digital display clock.


The results will be posted immediately after the race, near the awards stage. All entrants who finish the race within 1 hour and 30 minutes (1:30) will find a complete results listing on the website. The Awards Ceremony will be held at 1:30 PM on race day on the Boston Common Parade Grounds. Individual, Age Division, and Team Awards will be announced.

Drug Testing

This race is subject to drug testing.