Boston Marathon

Historic Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon hosted by several cities in greater Boston and the world’s oldest Marathon. It began in 1987, and is always held on Patriots’ Day. Inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1986 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon ranks as one of the world’s best known road racing events.

Run the Boston Marathon
Guests staying with Hyatt Regency Cambridge that are participating in the Marathon will have access to special amenities such as a complimentary shuttles, a runner’s concierge, celebratory lobby activities post-run, as well as a Carb Load in our restaurant the night before!


Watch the Boston Marathon
This year, the Boston Marathon is expected to draw more than a million spectators who will cheer on some 30,000 runners along its historic 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston. You don’t have to be a runner to enjoy this Boston event! There are a number of great viewing locations between the start and finish, many of them accessible by public transportation:


  • Hopkinton (Start to 2 miles): The race begins here, but good luck finding a good viewing spot! Instead, meander down the route as far as a mile; around Frankland Road you'll get a good view of the racers as they zip downhill from the starting line.

  • Ashland (2 to 5 miles): The area around Ashland State Park is usually roomier than the center of town.

  • Framingham (5 to 8 miles): Check out broad Waverly Street near the railroad station, about the 6-mile mark. The crowd thins out from Union Avenue to the Natick line.

  • Natick (8 to 11.5 miles): The town green is likely to be pretty crammed, but if you get there early, you can snag a good spot. The 10-mile mark is at Central Street.

  • Wellesley (11.5 to 16 miles): This town's business district features the exact midway point of the 26.2-mile race. But before the racers get there, the screaming Wellesley College students make for a lively -- and loud -- watching spot.

  • Newton Lower Falls, West Newton (16 to 17.5 miles): The well-known red brick Newton Fire Station marks the sharp right the racers must take as they turn from Route 16 (Washington Street) onto Commonwealth Avenue (Route 30) and face the daunting Newton hills.

  • Newton (17.5 to 20 miles): Lots of green space all along Comm. Ave. Check out both the Dartmouth Street and Chestnut Street intersections, as well as the lawn in front of Newton City Hall.

  • Chestnut Hill (20 to 21.5 miles): This is the make-or-break section of the race: infamous Heartbreak Hill. You'll encounter another noisy college crowd here but there are wide roads and green space for good viewing spots!

  • Brighton (21.5 to 22.5 miles): Another exciting spot to watch is Cleveland Circle, where runners turn left onto Beacon Street.

  • Brookline (22.5 to 24.5 miles): For a better view, walk down Beacon toward Kenmore Square until the crowd thins out a bit.

  • Boston (24.5 to 26.2 miles): If you want rowdy, park yourself in Kenmore Square! This is the last wide-open space for viewing; from here, the racers continue down Comm. Ave., take a right onto tiny Hereford, then a left into the madness of Boylston Street and the finish line.


Celebrate With Us
Whether you are running in the Marathon or cheering on the sidelines, we invite all runners and families staying at the hotel to celebrate with us after. Join us in our lobby for celebratory activities and Marathon specials at our restaurant Zephyr on the Charles!

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