Boston Marathon 2018 Live Stream™ How to Watch the Race Online. The Boston Marathon is here, and this is how you can stream the race online, via phone or other connected devices. The 122nd Boston Marathon will be run today, but when will it start and where can you watch the action online?
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.
The 2018 Boston Marathon is a long-established annual marathon organized by the Boston Athletic Association and drawing around 30,000 runners. It starts in Hopkinton and ends at the John Hancock Tower.
How to watch the 2018 Boston Marathon
Date: Monday, April 16
Time: 8:30 a.m.
TV: NBCSN (National), CBS WBZ-TV (Local)
Online Streaming: fuboTV, NBC Sports, NBC Sports Gold, CBS Boston (Local) NBC Sports Apps
Boston Marathon start times:
8:40 a.m.: Mobility Impaired start
9:02 a.m.: Men’s Wheelchair Division start
9:04 a.m.: Women’s Wheelchair Division start
9:25 a.m.: Handcycle and Duos start
9:32 a.m.: Elite Women’s start
10:00 a.m.: Elite Men’s start and First Wave
10:25 a.m.: Second Wave
10:50 a.m.: Third Wave
11:15 a.m.: Fourth Wave
American women have what looks to be their best shot to win the Boston Marathon for the first time in a very long time. Molly Huddle, Jordan Hasay, Desi Linden, and Shalane Flanagan are just four of the American women in contention for the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon.
The men’s field is also fairly packed, though Galen Rupp, last year’s runner-up, remains the favorite among American men. The marathon will begin at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN nationally, though the Elite Women’s group will start at 9:32 a.m. while the Elite Men’s group will start at 10 a.m. Live streaming online can be had via NBC Sports, fuboTV, and locally via CBS Boston.
Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat won the women’s race last year, at age 37. She’ll be defending her win, and is the primary woman standing in the way of a US win. Caroline Rotich of Kenya and all of Aselefech Mergia, Buzunesh Deba, and Mamitu Daska of Ethiopa are the other international women to watch.
They will be tasked with besting Huddle, Hasay, Flanagan, and Linden, along with some other American women that have gone under the radar, like Serena Burla and Kellyn Taylor.
Rupp came within 21 seconds of winning the Boston Marathon in 2017, finishing just behind Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya with a time of 2:09:58. Rupp’s personal marathon record isn’t among the best in the field, but neither was Meb Keflezighi’s when he won the marathon in 2014, becoming the first American man to do so since 1983. Rupp is trying to become the first American-born runner to win the marathon since that same year.
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. mark. For a full look at the course map, you can check the marathon’s official website, along with a full list of road closures from Boston’s official site.
There may never be another “normal” Boston Marathon again, not after the 2013 bombings at the finish line, and this year’s version, when around 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.
Weather conditions Monday morning are less than idea, with rain and winds of 25-35 mph. 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.
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.
The women’s field includes five of the all-time fastest marathoners in the U.S.: Shalane Flanagan, the 2017 New York City Marathon champion; Desiree Linden, a two-time Olympian; Jordan Hasay, who placed third in Boston and Chicago last year; 45-year-old Deena Kastor, holder of the American record in the marathon; and Molly Huddle, the American record holder in the 10,000-meter and half-marathon. Last year’s champion, Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, also returns.
The men’s field features Americans Galen Rupp, winner of the 2017 Chicago Marathon; Dathan Ritzenhein, a three-time Olympian; Abdi Abdirahman, a four-time Olympian; and Shadrack Biwott, who was fourth in 2017 in the Boston race. Nine Kenyan and Ethiopian male runners with personal bests of under 2:07 will compete, including Geoffrey Kirui, who won the 2017 Boston and IAAF World Championships marathons.
For the 122nd time, the Boston Marathon will be run on Monday through the heart of downtown Boston. It’s Patriot’s Day, which means the Red Sox will be in action at the same time and the city of Boston will be alive like no other year on the calendar.
Of course, it’s impossible to think about the Boston Marathon without thinking about the bombing that took place back in 2012. It’s hard to believe that five years have passed since the tragedy, but Boston is as strong as ever.
On Sunday afternoon, a memorial was held — including a moment of silence at 2:49pm — to honor the victims who lost their lives that day. The Red Sox also honored the victims and heroes of that day at Fenway Park on Sunday, and there will likely be more of that during Monday’s afternoon game.
As for the Marathon itself, people actually win money for running. You have to finish in the Top 15 — which means you’re one of the 15 best runners in the world — but there’s a payout if you do. Here’s the breakdown:
If you’re looking to follow along with the Boston Marathon this year, NBC Live Extra will be the place you want to hitch your live stream wagon to. It’s an early start time for most of the country, as the Marathon will begin at 7am ET and won’t conclude until later in the afternoon.
So where can you watch this year’s 2018 Boston Marathon and when will all of the action begin? We have all the information you need to know so you don’t miss any of the race: