Watch Boston Marathon Online: The 122nd running of the Boston Marathon is set for Monday, and features some of the best chances for an American winner in a long time. Galen Rupp is the favorite among American men, but it’s a strong group overall this year. On the women’s side, Desiree Linden, Jordan Hasay, and Molly Huddle are worth keeping an eye on, among plenty others.
Monday’s 26.2-mile race begins at 8:30 a.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally by NBCSN, with local coverage on CBS WBZ-TV in Boston. Online can be had via NBC Sports, fuboTV or, locally, CBS Boston. The important times are 9:32 a.m., when the Elite Women’s group starts, and then 10 a.m., when the Elite Men’s group starts.
The elite women are expected to finish in the 11:50-11:59 a.m. window, while the elite men will cross the line sometime around the 12:05-12:15 p.m. window.
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In 2017, Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui won the men’s race with a time of 2:09:37, finishing 21 seconds ahead of Rupp for the United States. Suguru Osako fo Japan took third. In the women’s race, Edna Kiplagat of Kenya took first with a time of 2:21:52. Bahrain’s Rose Chelimo was 59 seconds behind her for second, while Hasay was nine seconds back of her for third.
Many believe this year is the best shot in a very long time for an American winner in the women’s race, which hasn’t happened since 1985. An American-born winner hasn’t been had in the men’s race since 1983. Meb Keflezighi, an American man born in Eritrea, won the race in 2014.
For a full look at the course map, you can get that at the official Boston Marathon website, along with a full list of road closures from Boston’s official site.
Below is all you need to know to watch the action on Monday, including full start times as well as all the live streaming links.
Cherry Scanzaroli, of Hopedale, Mass., holds a rainbow umbrella as she waits to cheer on runners at the starting area for the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. (Mary Schwalm/Associated Press)
There may never be another “normal” Boston Marathon again, not after the 2013 bombings at the finish line, and this year’s version, when nearly 30,000 runners step to the starting line, will be no exception.
This year’s race on Monday morning, Patriots Day in Massachusetts, will be especially somber, marking the fifth anniversary of the bombings, a milestone of survival of one type or another, five years of taking one step followed by another for all the runners.
The race will begin at 8:40 a.m. Eastern time in Hopkinton, Mass., and will end at the Boylston Street finish line where the bombings occurred in Boston.
Today, five years later on #OneBostonDay, we remember and pay tribute to those who lost their lives as a result of the #BostonMarathon bombings on 4/15/13. May we #NeverForget their sacrifice and always stay #BostonStrong. pic.twitter.com/bsOwe6jJry
— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) April 15, 2018
Weather conditions Monday morning are less than idea, with rain (predicted to be heavy by early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service) and winds of 25-40 mph coming out of the east (and right into runners’ faces). The high temperature is predicted to be 49; at 7 a.m., it was 37. The forecast forced postponement of the Red Sox game, a Patriots Day tradition, against the Orioles at Fenway Park.
[Rain] Moderate to heavy at times, esp as we go towards mid- to late-day; localized street flooding possible w/ poor-drainage, urban issues; expect visibility restrictions along roadways; wipers on, headlights on pic.twitter.com/TKe3H9NfzG
— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) April 16, 2018
The man who captured the explosions looks back
Five years later, Steve Silva recalled being at the finish line and shooting video of the explosions that was shared globally. “It wasn’t a bone-rattling explosion like you might imagine — more of a muffled thud with a large plume of smoke that ran straight up the mid-level buildings on that block of Boylston,” Silva writes.
“My first thought was that it might have been a fireworks celebration that perhaps went awry for the Hoyts’s finish. But 13 seconds later, the second explosion went off just over a block away. ‘We’ve had an attack,’ I said into the camera’s microphone.
“In a split-second, I went from sports video producer to accidental war correspondent.”