April 16th, 2012 marks the 116th annual Boston Marathon road race. Held every year on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April, the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest and best-known road racing events. The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) manages the most widely-viewed sporting event in New England, which attracts both amateur and professional runners from all over the world, and over a half million spectators each year. The BAA plans various events during marathon weekend to encourage friends, family and fans of participants to get involved in the tradition.
Race Day starts Monday at 9:00 AM, southwest of the city of Boston in Hopkinton, MA, where the 26.2 mile course begins. Spectators gather along the entire distance of the course, ending on Boylston Street in Copley Square, just a few blocks from our Boston Bed and Breakfast. The Charles River side of Boylston Street is open to the general public, and many fans arrive at the finish area in the early hours of the morning to secure the best viewing area. Race sponsors equip the area with a big video screen, enabling spectators to watch a broadcast of the race while they await the arrival of all the finishers.