Event Schedule and News

John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo | Bib Number Pickup

Seaport World Trade Center
Friday, April 13th (11:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
Saturday, April 14th (9:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
Sunday, April 15th (9:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

The John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo is widely recognized as the running industry’s premier expo for new products and services.


Complimentary Shuttle Service

John Hancock shuttle buses will be driving a continuous loop from the Back Bay to Seaport.
The shuttle service is complimentary and open to the public.

Back Bay Location (closest to the Boston Marathon finish line)
380 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116

Seaport Location (outside Tamo Bistro & Bar)
1 Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210

Shuttle Hours of Operation:
Friday, April 13th, 2018: 11 AM – 6 PM
Saturday, April 14th, 2018: 9 AM – 6 PM
Sunday, April 15th, 2018: 9 AM – 5 PM

Seating is limited.
First-come, first-onboard.
All John Hancock shuttle buses are handicap accessible.


Every Step Makes a Difference

John Hancock and UNICEF Kid Power: On Marathon Monday, each of you will run over 55,000 steps during your 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston. We know you’ll be counting every step of the way and so will we, because every stride you take will also unlock lifesaving ready-to-use therapeutic food packets to help UNICEF support severely malnourished children worldwide. Collectively, as you take 1.65 billion steps! you’ll be helping over 500 children have a healthy, happy future. In recognition of your achievement, John Hancock will make a donation to UNICEF Kid Power to support their global efforts: https://unicefkidpower.org.

Boston: The Documentary

Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.
April 13 to April 18: 12 p.m. 3:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
April 19: 12 p.m., 3:15 p.m.

Boston Showplace
60 Seaport Blvd, Suite 315, Boston, MA 02210

From the director of the Spirit of the Marathon films comes the story of the world’s most legendary road race. Narrated by Matt Damon, the film chronicles the epic story of the Boston Marathon and the race’s comeback in 2014. Special engagement April 12-19 only steps from the marathon Expo! “A worthy tribute bound to illuminate and inspire.” – Variety “I laughed. I cried. I was so proud.” – Shalane Flanagan, Olympic Silver Medalist “Emotional and thrilling, without gloss or cliché.” – Village Voice Thursday, April 12th at 7:00pm, join us for a kick-off benefit for the Martin Richard Foundation. Plus, Special Guests will be in attendance for Q&A’s after every presentation!

John Hancock and St. Francis House are teaming up to collect sneakers for those who need them the most. Donate your new or gently used sneakers at any of the seven different box locations to help a member of the Boston Community walk a little easier:

Now through April 16th:
St. Francis House, 39 Boylston Street
Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Square (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, Floor 3 & 5)

April 9th through April 16th:
Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel, 110 Huntington Avenue
Dr. Martens, 201 Newbury Street, #1
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, 138 St. James Avenue
Marathon Sports Boston, 671 Boylston Street

April 15th (One Boston Day):
John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo,  Seaport World Trade Center at 200 Seaport Boulevard

John Hancock Scholars & Stars

Date: Thursday, April 12
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Hopkinton, MA

John Hancock brings the elite Kenyan runners together with Hopkinton elementary students for a pre-race pep rally in the historic town where the Marathon begins. Students study the culture of their running friends throughout the year.

B.A.A. 5K

Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Boston Common

An estimated 10,000 participants will take part in the tenth annual B.A.A. 5K from Boston Common. The race course will pass over the Boston Marathon finish line. Race registration opened to the general public in February.

B.A.A. Invitational Mile

Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston

The B.A.A. Invitational Mile features some of the top professional milers in the world, as well as scholastic milers from each of the eight host cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route.

B.A.A. Relay Challenge

Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston

More than 20 middle schools from around Greater Boston will convene for the 22nd consecutive year for the B.A.A. Relay Challenge. In the culmination of a month-long program taught by volunteer coaches, the relay challenge will feature students from all of the schools competing near the Boston Marathon finish line.

B.A.A. Media Conference

Location: Fairmont Copley Plaza
Date: Thursday, April 12
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Storylines and noteworthy runners in the 2018 Boston Marathon will be introduced.

John Hancock Elite Athlete Team Media Conference

Location: Fairmont Copley Plaza Oval & Venetian Rooms
Date: Friday, April 13
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Principal sponsor John Hancock presents the top competitors, including champions, Olympians, Abbott World Marathon Majors event champions, and top Americans. Media are provided individual interview opportunities.

B.A.A. 5K and Invitational Mile Media Conference

Location: Fairmont Copley Plaza, Venetian Room
Date: Friday, April 13
Time: 2:30 p.m.

Notable athletes of the B.A.A. 5K, Scholastic, and Professional Invitational Mile will be available to the media.

Boston Marathon Pre-Race Dinner

Location: City Hall Plaza near Faneuil Hall
Date: Sunday, April 15
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

A dinner for athletes and guests. Members of the media are invited. Any press credential gains entry.

Boston Marathon Race Day Press Conference

Location: Fairmont Copley Plaza, Grand Ballroom
Date: Monday, April 16
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Post-race interviews with winners and contenders in all divisions begin at approximately 11:00 a.m., at the conclusion of the push rim wheelchair division race, and last until approximately 2:00 p.m.

Boston Marathon Awards Ceremony

Location: Fairmont Copley Plaza, Grand Ballroom
Date: Monday, April 16
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Champions and top finishers receive their awards.

Wrap-up Media Conference

Location: Fairmont Copley Plaza, Venetian Room
Date: Tuesday, April 17
Time: 10:00 a.m.

This conference features champions of the 2018 Boston Marathon, and other notable finishers.