Boston Marathon 2018: Route, Course Map, Times, Road Closures and Event Details

Richard Janvrin@@RichardJanvrinFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2018

WELLESLEY, MA - APRIL 17: Crowds cheer on Boston Marathon runners in the iconic 'scream tunnel' near Wellesley College on April 17, 2017, in Wellesley Massachusetts. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
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When New England residents wake up on April 16, they may have two things on their mind: The Boston Bruins on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the NHL Playoffs and how Brian Johnson will do starting for the Boston Red Sox against the Baltimore Orioles.

However, they should also remember that, starting at 8:40 a.m., the 122nd Boston Marathon will be taking place.

The marathon started in 1897 and hosts runners from all over the world to compete in a 26.2-mile affair that begins in the town of Hopkinton, MA, and continues all the way to Boston and near the John Hancock Tower at Copley Square.

The entire course layout can be found here.

To think the very first Boston Marathon had just 15 participants and now it has upward of 30,000 is a phenomenal feat.

While many New Englanders will flock to the streets that stretch the entire course, those unable to attend will have the opportunity to live-stream the event on WatchLive.BAA.org.

According to Boston.com, there will be more than 35 road closures throughout the day.

For the competitors, there is a $706,000 prize pool for the top 15 men and women, with both the top male and female competitors bringing home $150,000, whereas the lucky male and female to finish 15th will get a hearty $1,500.

For the Masters Divison—which is for participants over a certain age—there is a prize pool of $40,000 to be distributed amongst the top-five finishers.

Lastly, those racing with wheelchairs will also have a chance to bring home some cash with a prize pool of $84,500 being distributed to the top-10 male and female racers in that category.

For a complete listing of the payouts, click here.

Will this be the year someone beats Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai's record of 2:03:02 set back in 2011? 

Tune in Monday morning to find out.

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