The world’s oldest annual marathon, the Boston Marathon graces the city and its suburbs once again when the 123rd edition of the grand road race returns on April 15. The 26.2-mile course is sure to be packed with racing fans as the runners jockey for position from the start line in Hopkinton to the terminus near Copley Square in Boston’s Back Bay. Besides those locations, prime viewing spots include the halfway point in Wellesley, where scores of screaming Wellesley College students cheer on the harriers, as well as the infamous hills of Newton scattered along the last few miles before entrants reach the city limits. Running regalia is available pre-race at the free Boston Marathon Expo (Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., 617-954-2000) April 12–14, where more than 200 exhibitors offer the latest running gear for both casual and die-hard hoofers.
For those looking for someplace to watch or for pre-race carbo-loading opportunities, check out the event links below.