The 2018 Boston Marathon has one of the strongest American contingents in Boston Marathon history: Shalane Flanagan will look to win her first Boston Marathon after becoming the first American woman to win the New York Marathon since Miki Gorman in 1977. Other elite American runners include Galen Rupp, Desiree Linden, Jordan Hasay and Abdi Abdirahman. In the wheelchair division, Tatyana McFadden looks to shake off her fourth-place finish last year and reclaim the title that she magnificently won in 2016.
Date: April 16
Starting times: 8:40 a.m. ET, wheelchair division; 9:32 a.m., pro women; 10 a.m., pro men and first wave; final wave, 11:15 a.m.
Starting line: Main Street in Hopkinton
Finish line: Near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square
Real-time results: Find runners here
Route: Map and other info
Race website: The Boston Marathon
Who to watch for: Find out which notable runners will be in Boston
How to watch
In the Boston area: Watch the broadcast live on race day on WBZ-TV, Channel 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. The race also will be presented live on CBSBoston.com and via the NBC Sports app. Prerace coverage will be carried live on WBZ-TV from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. CBSBoston.com will also have a live camera at the finish line.
For the rest of the nation: Watch live coverage from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on race day on NBC Sports Network and via NBC Sports app on computers, tablets, smartphones, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, for those who have video subscriptions from affiliated providers. The rerace show is Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on the Olympic Channel.
Around the world: International viewers can watch the broadcast from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET via a variety of global broadcast partners; international viewers should check local listings.
Features, news and video
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