Boston Marathon 2018 live: How to watch, viewer’s guide and race times

Boston Marathon 2018 live: How to watch, viewer’s guide and race times

Cherry Scanzaroli, of Hopedale, Mass., holds a rainbow umbrella as she waits to cheer on runners at the starting area for the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. (Mary Schwalm/Associated Press)

There may never be another “normal” Boston Marathon again, not after the 2013 bombings at the finish line, and this year’s version, when nearly 30,000 runners step to the starting line, will be no exception.

This year’s race on Monday morning, Patriots Day in Massachusetts, will be especially somber, marking the fifth anniversary of the bombings, a milestone of survival of one type or another, five years of taking one step followed by another for all the runners.

The race will begin at 8:40 a.m. Eastern time in Hopkinton, Mass., and will end at the Boylston Street finish line where the bombings occurred in Boston.

Weather conditions Monday morning are less than idea, with rain (predicted to be heavy by early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service) and winds of 25-35 mph. The high temperature is predicted to be 49; at 7 a.m., it was 37. The forecast forced postponement of the Red Sox game, a Patriots Day tradition, against the Orioles at Fenway Park.

The man who captured the explosions looks back

Five years later, Steve Silva recalled being at the finish line and shooting video of the explosions that was shared globally. “It wasn’t a bone-rattling explosion like you might imagine — more of a muffled thud with a large plume of smoke that ran straight up the mid-level buildings on that block of Boylston,” Silva writes.

“My first thought was that it might have been a fireworks celebration that perhaps went awry for the Hoyts’s finish. But 13 seconds later, the second explosion went off just over a block away. ‘We’ve had an attack,’ I said into the camera’s microphone.

“In a split-second, I went from sports video producer to accidental war correspondent.”

Read more about his experience here.

How to watch on TV and online (all times Eastern)

Nationally, NBC Sports Network will provide coverage from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

In the Boston area, WBZ (the CBS affiliate) will have coverage from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. with the live stream on its website.

Looking for a specific runner or time?

The field of 29,960 athletes includes runners from all 50 states (4,921 from Massachusetts) and 109 countries. You can find runners by searching the field at

Starting times

The first wave of mobility-impaired participants will set out at 8:40 a.m., followed by the men’s wheelchairs division at 9:02 and women’s wheelchairs at 9:04. See all the starting times here or below.

■ 9:25 a.m.: Handcycles

■ 9:32 a.m.: Elite women

■ 10 a.m.: Elite men and Wave 1

■ 10:25 a.m.: Wave 2

■ 10:50 a.m.: Wave 3

■ 11:15 a.m.: Wave 4

Top runners include a strong American women’s field

The women’s field includes five of the all-time fastest marathoners in the United States.: Shalane Flanagan, the 2017 New York City Marathon champion; Desiree Linden, a two-time Olympian; 45-year-old Deena Kastor, holder of the American record in the marathon; and Molly Huddle, the American record holder in the 10,000-meter and half-marathon. Last year’s champion, Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, also returns.

Jordan Hasay, who placed third in Boston and Chicago last year and was one of the top American women in the field, withdrew late Sunday because of a stress reaction in her heel. She had been battling plantar fasciitis over the past few weeks.

The men’s field features Americans Galen Rupp, winner of the 2017 Chicago Marathon; Dathan Ritzenhein, a three-time Olympian; Abdi Abdirahman, a four-time Olympian; and Shadrack Biwott, who was fourth in 2017 in the Boston race. Nine Kenyan and Ethiopian male runners with personal bests of under 2:07 will compete, including Geoffrey Kirui, who won the 2017 Boston and IAAF World Championships marathons.

A physician comes full circle, running Monday

If you’re going …

Security for the 26.2-mile race has been tightened since 2013 and spectators, who are expected to number more than 50,000, are reminded of what is and is not allowed, particularly close to the finish line.

At least five transgender runners will compete

Marathon organizers are not concerned about gender boundaries, saying that transgender runners can compete using the gender they qualified with.

At least five openly transgender women have signed up to run the race, and a BAA official told Runner’s World that race officials and volunteers would compare gender identity on the government-issued ID required to pick up a bib number with what’s on runners’ entries.

If there’s no match, a BAA spokesperson told Runner’s World that it would be addressed “in a manner intended to be fair to all concerned, with a strong emphasis on inclusion.”

“We take people at their word. We register people as they specify themselves to be,” Tom Grilk, who heads up the Boston Athletic Association, told the Associated Press. “Members of the LGBT community have had a lot to deal with over the years, and we’d rather not add to that burden.”

Amelia Gapin, a transgender woman from Jersey City, heads up a social media group for trans runners and told the AP: “It’s kind of murky how people handle it. We are such a small percentage of the population that we generally just fly under the radar.”

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