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How to Prepare for the Boston Marathon Route

On your mark, get set, get ready to take one of the oldest established marathons in the world -- the Boston Marathon!


  • Step 1: Know the course Know the course you will be running on Patriot's Day. The course runs along I-90, runs through Ashland, Babson Park, Newton Hills, and Roxbury. The race ends in Copley Square.
  • Step 2: Begin training Begin training with short, fast workouts. This will help your body get in its fittest shape before beginning to fine-tune your approach.
  • TIP: Allow three or more months to train prior to the race. The amount of time you allow will depend on your fitness level and running comfort.
  • Step 3: Start long runs Start running long and steady. Start by warming up at the first few miles and then spend the rest of your run at your decided training pace.
  • TIP: Choose a terrain similar to the Boston Marathon's, which is fairly hilly.
  • Step 4: Implement recovery runs Implement recovery runs into your routine. This should be a steady training pace -- not too hard. This pace can increase as you become more fit and adjust to the training.
  • Step 5: Get good shoes Get a pair of good running shoes. This is extremely important as running can take a toll on your feet, knees, ankles, and more. Once you've suited up, begin your training and get ready to take on the big race!
  • FACT: Every year the Boston Marathon is held on Patriot's Day. Patriot's Day is a Massachusetts state holiday remembering the American Revolutionary War opening battle on April 19, 1775.

You Will Need

  • Knowledge of the course
  • Time to train
  • Running shoes

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