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Boston Marathon Guide: What time does the marathon start?

Here's when the runners kick off in Hopkinton.
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John Kerry fires the starting gun for the men's push-rim wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016, when he was U.S. Secretary of State. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Even if you have the day off, Marathon Monday isn’t about sleeping in.

The Boston Marathon, on April 17, comes with an early wake-up call for runners. But when should a spectator get there to see the action live?

That depends on which group of runners you want to watch cross the finish line, or if you’re trying to cheer on one in particular.

Here are the start times for the 2017 Boston Marathon. The times mark when these runners will head off from Hopkinton.

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8:50 a.m. — Mobility impaired start
9:17 a.m. — Men’s push-rim wheelchair start
9:19 a.m. — Women’s push-rim wheelchair start
9:22 a.m. — Handcycle start
9:32 a.m. — Elite women’s start
10:00 a.m. — Elite men’s and Wave One start
10:25 a.m. — Wave Two start
10:50 a.m. — Wave Three start
11:15 a.m. — Wave Four start

The race kicks off in Hopkinton and finishes on Boylston Street at Copley Square in Boston, traveling through Framingham, Natick, Newton and more in between. The elite runners finish the 26.2 miles in a few minutes over two hours. In 2016, Lemi Berhanu Hayle won the men’s race in 2:12:45.

The marathon will be aired live on television on WBZ-TV (Channel 4) and online throughout New England at cbsboston.com. It will also be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network.

 
 
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