Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Boston Marathon

A guide to resources about the Marathon available at the BPL and beyond.

General History

The Course

The marathon runs through eight cities and towns in Eastern Massachusetts:

  • Hopkinton
  • Ashland
  • Framingham
  • Natick
  • Wellesley
  • Newton
  • Brookline
  • Boston

The 26.2 mile route begins in Hopkinton Common and ends in front of the BPL in Copley Square.

Image Credit:
Looking up Heartbreak Hill, April 2015.

Additional Reading