How To Watch The Boston Marathon 2024 Using Live Streams In The USA, UK And Europe

Boston Marathon 2023 winners Evans Chebet and Hellen Obiri hold the trophy together
Boston Marathon winners Evans Chebet and Hellen Obiri are back in 2024 to defend their titles (Image credit: Lauren Owens Lambert/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The Boston Marathon is one of the most exciting events on the running calendar, and this year will be no different with defending champions Evans Chebet and Hellen Obiri returning to defend their crowns.

Chebet is aiming to win the Boston Marathon for the third time in a row after he beat a stacked field that included Eliud Kipchoge last year. His main threat will probably be Sisay Lemma, who ran 2hr 1min 48sec at the Valencia Marathon last year, is the fastest man in the field and the fourth-fastest in history. Last year’s runner-up Gabriel Geay will also be in the mix for the win.

On the women’s side Obiri will have to face down stern competition from other past champions to win her second, with Worknesh Defaga, Edna Kiplagat and Caroline Rotich all aiming to take the tape. New York City Marathon 2022 winner Sharon Lokedi is another runner to look out for, with home interest coming from Des Linden, who won Boston in 2018, and Sara Hall.

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 12.30pm EDT. It will also be streamed on the ESPN website

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.

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

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.

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 NordVPN, which is easy to set up and reliable. NordVPN 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 2024?

The Boston Marathon 2024 takes place on Monday April 15. 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 (2.37pm BST), with the elite women setting off at 9.47am  EDT (2.47pm BST). The mass-participation rolling start begins at 10am and the last runners are scheduled to begin by 11.15am. You can find more information in our Boston Marathon start time guide and download the BAA Racing app to track Boston Marathon runners.

Is the Boston Marathon route fast?

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.