How To Watch The Boston Marathon

A countdown to the start of the 2023 Boston Marathon is displayed above the Boston Marathon finish line gantry
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The Boston Marathon is one of the most exciting events on the running calendar, but it will be extra special this year because Eliud Kipchoge will be running the race for the first time.

Kipchoge has already won four of the six World Marathon Majors, and set the marathon world record at the Berlin Marathon in 2022. Kipchoge can’t beat that world record this Monday because the Boston Marathon doesn’t have a record-eligible route, but he’ll be eyeing up his fifth Major and the course record of 2hr 3min 2sec set by Geoffrey Mutai in 2011.

The men’s race also features 2022 winner Evan Chebet and 2021 winner Benson Kipruto, and there are five former champs in the women’s field, including American Des Linden, as well as Gotytom Gebreslase, who won the marathon gold medal at the 2022 World Championships.

Boston Marathon Live Streams

How To Watch The Boston Marathon In The US

ESPN will broadcast the Boston Marathon live nationally in the US, with its coverage beginning on its flagship channel at 8.30am EDT and running until 1pm EDT. Live local coverage of the race will be on WCVB Channel 5 from 4am EDT to 8pm EDT, along with WCVB’s sister stations WMUR, WMTW and WPTZ.

WCVB and its partners will also stream the event live through digital platforms and mobile apps. A free live stream will also be available on Very Local Boston through the Very Local app, which you can access on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV as well as your mobile device.

How To Watch The Boston Marathon In The UK

Eurosport will be showing live coverage of the Boston Marathon on TV and through its website and app. If you don’t have Eurosport as part of your TV package you’ll need a Discovery+ subscription to watch, which costs £6.99 a month or £59.99 a year. Alternatively, you can subscribe to and watch Discovery+ through Amazon Prime Video

How To Watch The Boston Marathon In Australia And New Zealand

The Boston Marathon will be broadcast live through FloSports in Australia, which costs AUS$29.99 a month or AUS$150 a year. The FloSport app is available on Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV and mobile devices. In New Zealand you can watch the Boston Marathon through Sky New Zealand.

How To Watch The Boston Marathon From Outside Your Country Of Residence

If you’re traveling and want to watch the Boston Marathon through your usual national broadcaster then you can use a virtual private network (VPN). The team at Coach stablemate TechRadar have tested VPNs extensively and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to set up and allows you to watch on several devices at once. ExpressVPN also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it before committing to a longer plan.

Boston Marathon Details

When Is The Boston Marathon 2023?

The Boston Marathon 2023 takes place on Monday 17th April. The race is traditionally held on Patriot’s Day, the third Monday in April.

When Does The Boston Marathon Start?

The elite men start at 9.37am EDT, with the elite women setting off at 9.47am. The mass-participation rolling start begins at 10am and the last runners are scheduled to begin by 11.15am.

Where Is The Boston Marathon Route?

The Boston Marathon route starts in Hopkinton in Middlesex County and finishes on Boylston Street near Copley Square in the center of Boston. The race has a point-to-point route with an overall drop in elevation of 459ft/140m, and it is not eligible for setting world records as a result, though several uphill sections in the later stages of the race mean that Boston actually has a more difficult course than most of the other World Marathon Majors. Unless you get a tailwind the whole way, of course.

Nick Harris-Fry
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Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.