Beantown Bound (Boston Marathon 2012)

Marathon season is in full-force this time of year, and one of the most competitive & highly anticipated marathons is just 20 days away: BOSTON. With competitive required qualifying times and Olympic participants, no wonder this race has made an impact even in our small town of Burlingame 🙂

With a few local ARM friends competing this year, we figured it was a good a time as any to throw out as much information as possible about this great race. Of course, we’re YET to see ourselves participate on this level of competitive running so we have to rely on our friends at Runner’s World. They know they’re stuff! Click here and become a Beantown-Marathon-Pro!

In the meantime, here are some FAQ’s about this year’s race from RW:

What is the weather like, historically?
The weather can vary dramatically on race day. Cold, wind, and rain combined to slow runners in 2007, as a major storm moved through New England. In 2005, however, the temperature at the start was 70°F, with clear skies. On average, Boston experiences daytime highs in the mid-50s in April.

How big is the field this year?With the new registration process, a total of around 27,000 entrants were accepted. Registration for the 2011 Boston Marathon closed in only eight hours.

Where can I find a map of the course?
You can view a course map here.

Is it too late to book a hotel room in Boston for marathon weekend?
Most likely, yes. But, you might place a call to see if there are any openings. has a listing of hotels and phone numbers.

What’s the deal with the start corrals?
Corral placement is assigned according to bib numbers (based on qualifying time). Your starting corral is printed beneath your runner’s number on your bib. You are only allowed to move back to a higher numbered corral; forward movement is prohibited.

Where and when is the race expo?
The John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo will be held at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. The expo is home to bib number and packet pick-up for all registered runners. There will be no race-day number distribution. Hours are as follows:

Friday, April 13… 2:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 14
… 8:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 15
… 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.

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