Boston Marathon 2017: Route, Course Map, Times, Road Closures and Event Details

David McCracken@crackemcFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2017

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18:  Runners react after crossing the finish line to complete the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The 2017 Boston Marathon is Monday, and while many Bostonians will be concerned with their beloved Celtics taking on the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the NBA playoffs, many runners and athletes will be focused on completing one of the most historic races in the world.

The world's oldest annual marathon, run since 1897, hosts runners from every corner of the globe.

For the full course layout, click here.

Because the marathon has so many different types of runnersanywhere from the super-competitive athletes to the casual person walking to the finish linethere will be nine different starting times for the thousands who are participating.

As fun as it is running 26.2 miles the first thing in the morning on a Monday, there are other people who would much prefer to enjoy the race from the comfort of their own home or cheer on runners as they head past a particular street.

Either way, the organizers of the marathon have made it possible to live-stream the race on

According to the Boston Marathon media guide, "The total prize money distributed among the top finishers of the 121st Boston Marathon will be $830,500, plus an additional $220,000 if records are broken in the open, masters, or push rim wheelchair divisions."

The top runners from the male and female divisions will each take home a piece of the pie, but as always, it pays to finish first.

First-place male and female runners will receive $150,000 apiece, second place will receive $75,000 each, third place will get $40,000, and those who finish fourth and fifth will receive $25,000 and $15,000, respectively.