The Course

This historic course starts on Main Street in the rural New England town of Hopkington and follows Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley to where Route 135 joins Route 16. It continues along Route 16 through Newton Lower Falls, turning right at the fire station onto Commonwealth Avenue, which is Route 30. It follows Commonwealth Avenue through the Newton Hills, bearing right at the reservoir onto Chestnut Hill Avenue to Cleveland Circle. The route then turns left onto Beacon street continuing through Kenmore Square, and under Massachusetts Avenue. The course turns right onto Hereford Street (Note: against normal traffic flow) then left onto Boylston Street, finishing near Copley Square.

Boston Marathon Course Map

Elevation Profile

Mile by Mile

Mileage City/Town Elevation
(In Feet)
Net Change
(In Feet)
Elevation
(In Meters)
Net Change
(In Meters)
Net change -459 -140
0 Hopkinton 475 0 145 0
1.0 Hopkinton 354 -121 108 -37
2.0 Ashland 302 -52 92 -16
3.0 Ashland 254 -48 77 -15
4.0 Ashland 183 -71 56 -21
5.0 Framingham 191 +8 58 +2
6.0 Framingham 175 -16 53 -5
7.0 Framingham 161 -14 49 -4
8.0 Natick 158 -3 48 -1
9.0 Natick 149 -9 45 -3
10.0 Natick 165 +16 50 +5
11.0 Natick 191 +26 58 +8
12.0 Wellesley 143 -48 44 -14
13.0 Wellesley 148 +5 45 +1
14.0 Wellesley 136 -12 41 -4
15.0 Wellesley 164 +28 50 +9
16.0 Newton Lower Falls 53 -111 16 -34
17.0 Newton 102 +49 31 +15
18.0 West Newton 142 +40 43 +12
19.0 Newton 108 -34 33 -10
20.0 Newton 143 +35 44 +11
21.0 Newton/Chestnut Hill 228 +85 70 +26
22.0 Boston/Brighton 151 -77 46 -24
23.0 Brookline 119 -32 36 -10
24.0 Brookline 30 -89 9 -27
25.0 Boston/Back Bay 30 0 9 0
26.0 Boston/Back Bay 18 -12 6 -3
26.2 Finish Boston/Copley Square 16 -2 5 -1

Location Marks

Mile Kilometer Location City/Town
0 0 Main St Hopkinton
0.62 1 Km Route 135 — East Main St. Hopkinton
1 Mile 1.60 Route 135 — East Main St. Hopkinton
1.24 2 Km Route 135 — East Main St. Hopkinton
1.86 3 Km Route 135 — East Main St Hopkinton
2 Miles 3.21 Route 135 — West Union St. Ashland
2.48 4 Km Route 135 — West Union St. Ashland
3 Miles 4.82 Route 135 — East Union St. Ashland
3.10 5 Km Route 135 — East Union St. Ashland
3.72 6 Km Route 135 — Union St. Ashland
4 Miles 6.43 Route 135 — Union St. Ashland
4.34 7 Km Route 135 — Waverly St. Ashland
4.97 8 Km Route 135 — Waverly St. Ashland
5 Miles 8.04 Route 135 — Waverly St. Framingham
5.59 9 Km Route 135 — Waverly St. Framingham
6 Miles 9.65 Route 135 — Waverly St. Framingham
6.21 10 Km Route 135 — Waverly St. Framingham
6.83 11 Km Route 135 — Waverly St. Framingham
7 Miles 11.26 Route 135 — Waverly St. Framingham
7.45 12 Km Route 135 — Waverly St. Framingham
8 Miles 12.88 Route 135 — West Central St. Natick
8.07 13 Km Route 135 — West Central St. Natick
8.69 14 Km Route 135 — West Central St. Natick
9 Miles 14.48 Route 135 — West Central St. Natick
9.32 15 Km Route 135 — West Central St. Natick
9.94 16 Km Route 135 — West Central St. Natick
10 Miles 16.09 Route 135 — West Central St. Natick
10.56 17 Km Route 135 — East Central St. Natick
11 Miles 17.70 Route 135 — East Central St. Natick
11.18 18 Km Route 135 — East Central St. Natick
11.80 19 Km Route 135 — East Central St. Natick
12 Miles 19.31 Route 135 — Central St. Wellesley
12.42 20 Km Route 135 — Central St. Wellesley
13 Miles 20.92 Route 135 — Central St. Wellesley
13.04 21 Km Route 135 — Central St. Wellesley
13.1 Miles 21.0975 Route 135 — Central St. Wellesley
13.67 22 Km Route 16 — Washington St. Wellesley
14 Miles 22.53 Route 16 — Washington St. Wellesley
14.29 23 Km Route 16 — Washington St. Wellesley
14.91 24 Km Route 16 — Washington St. Wellesley
15 Miles 24.14 Route 16 — Washington St. Wellesley
15.53 25 Km Route 16 — Washington St. Wellesley Lower Falls
16 Miles 25.74 Route 16 — Washington St. Newton Lower Falls
16.15 26 Km Route 16 — Washington St. Newton Lower Falls
16.77 27 Km Route 16 — Washington St. Newton
17 Miles 27.35 Route 16 — Washington St. Newton
17.39 28 Km Route 16 — Washington St. Newton
18 Miles 28.96 Route 30 — Commonwealth Ave. West Newton
18.01 29 Km Route 30 — Commonwealth Ave. West Newton
18.64 30 Km Route 30 — Commonwealth Ave. Newton
19 Miles 30.57 Route 30 — Commonwealth Ave. Newton
19.26 31 Km Route 30 — Commonwealth Ave. Newton
19.88 32 Km Route 30 — Commonwealth Ave. Newton
20 Miles 32.18 Route 30 — Commonwealth Ave. Newton
20.50 33 Km Route 30 — Commonwealth Ave. Newton/Chestnut Hill
21 Miles 33.79 Route 30 — Commonwealth Ave. Newton/Chestnut Hill
21.12 34 Km Route 30 — Commonwealth Ave. Newton/Chestnut Hill
21.74 35 Km Route 30 — Commonwealth Ave. Boston/Brighton
22 Miles 35.40 Route 30 — Commonwealth Ave. Boston/Brighton
22.36 36 Km Chestnut Hill Ave./Cleveland Circle Boston/Brighton
22.99 37 Km Route 9A — Beacon St. Brookline
23 Miles 37.01 Route 9A — Beacon St. Brookline
23.61 38 Km Route 9A — Beacon St. Brookline
24 Miles 38.62 Route 9A — Beacon St. Brookline
24.85 40 Route 9A — Beacon St. Boston
25 Miles 40.23 Route 9A — Beacon St. Boston
25.2 40.57 Route 30 — Commonwealth Ave. Boston/Kenmore Square
25.47 41 Route 30 — Commonwealth Ave. Boston/Back Bay
26 Miles 41.84 Boylston St. Boston/Back Bay
26.09 42 Boylston St. Boston/Back Bay
26.2 Finish 42.195 Boylston St. Back Bay/Copley Square

Pace Charts

Kilometer Pace Chart (with 1-mile and half-marathon comparison)

The following table is based on minutes/kilometer, and converts an athlete’s pace to the time needed to cover a particular distance. To find the average race pace, look at the finish time and read the pace from the left-hand columns. The average pace of the Boston Marathon course records of Geoffrey Mutai (2:03:02) and Buzunesh Deba (2:19:59) are in bold.

1 Km 1 Mi 5 Km 10 Km 15 Km 20 Km Half 25 Km 30 Km 35 Km 40 Km 42.195
0:02:45 0:04:26 0:13:45 0:27:30 0:41:15 0:55:00 0:58:01 1:08:45 1:22:30 1:36:15 1:50:00 1:56:02
0:02:50 0:04:34 0:14:10 0:28:20 0:42:30 0:56:40 0:59:47 1:10:50 1:25:00 1:39:10 1:53:20 1:59:33
0:02:55 0:04:42 0:14:35 0:29:09 0:43:44 0:58:18 1:01:31 1:12:53 1:27:27 1:42:02 1:56:37 2:03:02
0:02:59 0:04:48 0:14:55 0:29:50 0:44:45 0:59:40 1:02:56 1:14:35 1:29:30 1:44:25 1:59:20 2:05:52
0:03:00 0:04:51 0:15:00 0:30:00 0:45:00 1:00:00 1:03:15 1:15:00 1:30:00 1:45:00 2:00:00 2:06:29
0:03:05 0:04:58 0:15:25 0:30:50 0:46:15 1:01:40 1:05:03 1:17:05 1:32:30 1:47:55 2:03:20 2:10:06
0:03:10 0:05:06 0:15:50 0:31:40 0:47:30 1:03:20 1:06:49 1:19:10 1:35:00 1:50:50 2:06:40 2:13:37
0:03:15 0:05:14 0:16:15 0:32:30 0:48:45 1:05:00 1:08:34 1:21:15 1:37:30 1:53:45 2:10:00 2:17:08
0:03:17 0:05:18 0:16:28 0:32:56 0:49:24 1:05:52 1:09:28 1:22:20 1:38:47 1:55:15 2:11:43 2:18:57
0:03:19 0:05:20 0:16:35 0:33:11 0:49:46 1:06:21 1:09:59 1:22:56 1:39:32 1:56:07 2:12:42 2:19:59
0:03:20 0:05:22 0:16:40 0:33:20 0:50:00 1:06:40 1:10:21 1:23:20 1:40:00 1:56:40 2:13:20 2:20:43
0:03:25 0:05:30 0:17:05 0:34:10 0:51:15 1:08:20 1:12:05 1:25:25 1:42:30 1:59:35 2:16:40 2:24:10
0:03:30 0:05:38 0:17:30 0:35:00 0:52:30 1:10:00 1:13:50 1:27:30 1:45:00 2:02:30 2:20:00 2:27:41
0:03:35 0:05:46 0:17:55 0:35:50 0:53:45 1:11:40 1:15:36 1:29:35 1:47:30 2:05:25 2:23:20 2:31:12
0:03:40 0:05:54 0:18:20 0:36:40 0:55:00 1:13:20 1:17:21 1:31:40 1:50:00 2:08:20 2:26:40 2:34:43
0:03:45 0:06:02 0:18:45 0:37:30 0:56:15 1:15:00 1:19:07 1:33:45 1:52:30 2:11:15 2:30:00 2:38:14
0:03:50 0:06:10 0:19:10 0:38:20 0:57:30 1:16:40 1:20:52 1:35:50 1:55:00 2:14:10 2:33:20 2:41:45
0:03:55 0:06:18 0:19:35 0:39:10 0:58:45 1:18:20 1:22:38 1:37:55 1:57:30 2:17:05 2:36:40 2:45:16
0:04:00 0:06:26 0:20:00 0:40:00 1:00:00 1:20:00 1:24:23 1:40:00 2:00:00 2:20:00 2:40:00 2:48:47
0:04:05 0:06:34 0:20:25 0:40:50 1:01:15 1:21:40 1:26:09 1:42:05 2:02:30 2:22:55 2:43:20 2:52:18
0:04:10 0:06:42 0:20:50 0:41:40 1:02:30 1:23:20 1:27:54 1:44:10 2:05:00 2:25:50 2:46:40 2:55:49
0:04:15 0:06:50 0:21:15 0:42:30 1:03:45 1:25:00 1:29:40 1:46:15 2:07:30 2:28:45 2:50:00 2:59:20
0:04:20 0:06:58 0:21:40 0:43:20 1:05:00 1:26:40 1:31:25 1:48:20 2:10:00 2:31:40 2:53:20 3:02:51
0:04:25 0:07:06 0:22:05 0:44:10 1:06:15 1:28:20 1:33:11 1:50:25 2:12:30 2:34:35 2:56:40 3:06:22
0:04:30 0:07:14 0:22:30 0:45:00 1:07:30 1:30:00 1:34:56 1:52:30 2:15:00 2:37:30 3:00:00 3:09:53
0:04:35 0:07:23 0:22:55 0:45:50 1:08:45 1:31:40 1:36:42 1:54:35 2:17:30 2:40:25 3:03:20 3:13:24
0:04:40 0:07:31 0:23:20 0:46:40 1:10:00 1:33:20 1:38:27 1:56:40 2:20:00 2:43:20 3:06:40 3:16:55
0:04:45 0:07:39 0:23:45 0:47:30 1:11:15 1:35:00 1:40:13 1:58:45 2:22:30 2:46:15 3:10:00 3:20:26
0:04:50 0:07:47 0:24:10 0:48:20 1:12:30 1:36:40 1:41:58 2:00:50 2:25:00 2:49:10 3:13:20 3:23:57
0:04:55 0:07:55 0:24:35 0:49:10 1:13:45 1:38:20 1:43:44 2:02:55 2:27:30 2:52:05 3:16:40 3:27:28
0:05:00 0:08:03 0:25:00 0:50:00 1:15:00 1:40:00 1:45:29 2:05:00 2:30:00 2:55:00 3:20:00 3:30:58
0:05:05 0:08:11 0:25:25 0:50:50 1:16:15 1:41:40 1:47:15 2:07:05 2:32:30 2:57:55 3:23:20 3:34:29
0:05:10 0:08:19 0:25:50 0:51:40 1:17:30 1:43:20 1:49:00 2:09:10 2:35:00 3:00:50 3:26:40 3:38:00
0:05:15 0:08:27 0:26:15 0:52:30 1:18:45 1:45:00 1:50:46 2:11:15 2:37:30 3:03:45 3:30:00 3:41:31
0:05:20 0:08:35 0:26:40 0:53:20 1:20:00 1:46:40 1:52:31 2:13:20 2:40:00 3:06:40 3:33:20 3:45:02
0:05:25 0:08:43 0:27:05 0:54:10 1:21:15 1:48:20 1:54:17 2:15:25 2:42:30 3:09:35 3:36:40 3:48:33
0:05:30 0:08:51 0:27:30 0:55:00 1:22:30 1:50:00 1:56:02 2:17:30 2:45:00 3:12:30 3:40:00 3:52:04
0:05:35 0:08:59 0:27:55 0:55:50 1:23:45 1:51:40 1:57:48 2:19:35 2:47:30 3:15:25 3:43:20 3:55:35
0:05:40 0:09:07 0:28:20 0:56:40 1:25:00 1:53:20 1:59:33 2:21:40 2:50:00 3:18:20 3:46:40 3:59:06
0:05:45 0:09:15 0:28:45 0:57:30 1:26:15 1:55:00 2:01:19 2:23:45 2:52:30 3:21:15 3:50:00 4:02:37
0:05:50 0:09:23 0:29:10 0:58:20 1:27:30 1:56:40 2:03:04 2:25:50 2:55:00 3:24:10 3:53:20 4:06:08
0:05:55 0:09:31 0:29:35 0:59:10 1:28:45 1:58:20 2:04:50 2:27:55 2:57:30 3:27:05 3:56:40 4:09:39
0:06:00 0:09:39 0:30:00 1:00:00 1:30:00 2:00:00 2:06:35 2:30:00 3:00:00 3:30:00 4:00:00 4:13:10
0:06:05 0:09:47 0:30:25 1:00:50 1:31:15 2:01:40 2:08:21 2:32:05 3:02:30 3:32:55 4:03:20 4:16:41
0:06:10 0:09:55 0:30:50 1:01:40 1:32:30 2:03:20 2:10:06 2:34:10 3:05:00 3:35:50 4:06:40 4:20:12
0:06:15 0:10:03 0:31:15 1:02:30 1:33:45 2:05:00 2:11:52 2:36:15 3:07:30 3:38:45 4:10:00 4:23:43
0:06:20 0:10:12 0:31:40 1:03:20 1:35:00 2:06:40 2:13:37 2:38:20 3:10:00 3:41:40 4:13:20 4:27:14
0:06:25 0:10:20 0:32:05 1:04:10 1:36:15 2:08:20 2:15:23 2:40:25 3:12:30 3:44:35 4:16:40 4:30:45
0:06:30 0:10:28 0:32:30 1:05:00 1:37:30 2:10:00 2:17:08 2:42:30 3:15:00 3:47:30 4:20:00 4:34:16

Mile Pace Chart

(with 1-km and 10-km comparison)

The following table is based on minutes/mile, and converts an athlete’s pace to the time needed to cover a particular distance. To find the average race pace, look at the finish time and read the pace from the left-hand columns. The average pace of the Boston Marathon course records of Geoffrey Mutai (2:03:02) and Buzunesh Deba (2:19:59) are in bold.

 

1 Km 1 Mi 5 Mi 10 Km 10 Mi Half 15 Mi 20 Mi 25 Mi 26.2 Mi
0:02:48 0:04:30 0:22:30 0:27:58 0:45:00 0:59:00 1:07:30 1:30:00 1:52:30 1:58:00
0:02:54 0:04:40 0:23:20 0:29:00 0:46:40 1:01:11 1:10:00 1:33:20 1:56:40 2:02:22
0:02:55 0:04:42 0:23:27 0:29:09 0:46:55 1:01:31 1:10:23 1:33:51 1:57:19 2:03:02
0:02:59 0:04:48 0:24:00 0:29:50 0:48:00 1:02:56 1:12:00 1:36:00 2:00:00 2:05:52
0:03:00 0:04:51 0:24:00 0:30:00 0:48:30 1:03:15 1:12:45 1:37:00 2:01:15 2:06:29
0:03:03 0:04:55 0:24:35 0:30:33 0:49:10 1:04:28 1:13:45 1:38:20 2:02:55 2:08:55
0:03:06 0:05:00 0:25:00 0:31:04 0:50:00 1:05:33 1:15:00 1:40:00 2:05:00 2:11:06
0:03:10 0:05:05 0:25:25 0:31:35 0:50:50 1:06:39 1:16:15 1:41:40 2:07:05 2:13:17
0:03:13 0:05:10 0:25:50 0:32:06 0:51:40 1:07:44 1:17:30 1:43:20 2:09:10 2:15:28
0:03:16 0:05:15 0:26:15 0:32:37 0:52:30 1:08:50 1:18:45 1:45:00 2:11:15 2:17:39
0:03:17 0:05:18 0:26:30 0:32:56 0:53:00 1:09:28 1:19:30 1:46:00 2:12:29 2:18:57
0:03:19 0:05:20 0:26:42 0:33:11 0:53:23 1:09:59 1:20:05 1:46:47 2:13:29 2:19:59
0:03:20 0:05:22 0:26:50 0:33:20 0:53:40 1:10:21 1:20:30 1:47:20 2:14:10 2:20:43
0:03:22 0:05:25 0:27:05 0:33:40 0:54:10 1:11:01 1:21:15 1:48:20 2:15:25 2:22:02
0:03:25 0:05:30 0:27:30 0:34:11 0:55:00 1:12:06 1:22:30 1:50:00 2:17:30 2:24:13
0:03:28 0:05:35 0:27:55 0:34:42 0:55:50 1:13:12 1:23:45 1:51:40 2:19:35 2:26:24
0:03:31 0:05:40 0:28:20 0:35:13 0:56:40 1:14:17 1:25:00 1:53:20 2:21:40 2:28:35
0:03:34 0:05:45 0:28:45 0:35:44 0:57:30 1:15:23 1:26:15 1:55:00 2:23:45 2:30:46
0:03:37 0:05:50 0:29:10 0:36:15 0:58:20 1:16:29 1:27:30 1:56:40 2:25:50 2:32:57
0:03:41 0:05:55 0:29:35 0:36:46 0:59:10 1:17:34 1:28:45 1:58:20 2:27:55 2:35:08
0:03:44 0:06:00 0:30:00 0:37:17 1:00:00 1:18:40 1:30:00 2:00:00 2:30:00 2:37:19
0:03:47 0:06:05 0:30:25 0:37:48 1:00:50 1:19:45 1:31:15 2:01:40 2:32:05 2:39:30
0:03:50 0:06:10 0:30:50 0:38:19 1:01:40 1:20:51 1:32:30 2:03:20 2:34:10 2:41:42
0:03:53 0:06:15 0:31:15 0:38:50 1:02:30 1:21:56 1:33:45 2:05:00 2:36:15 2:43:53
0:03:56 0:06:20 0:31:40 0:39:21 1:03:20 1:23:02 1:35:00 2:06:40 2:38:20 2:46:04
0:03:59 0:06:25 0:32:05 0:39:52 1:04:10 1:24:07 1:36:15 2:08:20 2:40:25 2:48:15
0:04:02 0:06:30 0:32:30 0:40:23 1:05:00 1:25:13 1:37:30 2:10:00 2:42:30 2:50:26
0:04:05 0:06:35 0:32:55 0:40:55 1:05:50 1:26:19 1:38:45 2:11:40 2:44:35 2:52:37
0:04:09 0:06:40 0:33:20 0:41:26 1:06:40 1:27:24 1:40:00 2:13:20 2:46:40 2:54:48
0:04:12 0:06:45 0:33:45 0:41:57 1:07:30 1:28:30 1:41:15 2:15:00 2:48:45 2:56:59
0:04:15 0:06:50 0:34:10 0:42:28 1:08:20 1:29:35 1:42:30 2:16:40 2:50:50 2:59:10
0:04:18 0:06:55 0:34:35 0:42:59 1:09:10 1:30:41 1:43:45 2:18:20 2:52:55 3:01:21
0:04:21 0:07:00 0:35:00 0:43:30 1:10:00 1:31:46 1:45:00 2:20:00 2:55:00 3:03:33
0:04:24 0:07:05 0:35:25 0:44:01 1:10:50 1:32:52 1:46:15 2:21:40 2:57:05 3:05:44
0:04:27 0:07:10 0:35:50 0:44:32 1:11:40 1:33:57 1:47:30 2:23:20 2:59:10 3:07:55
0:04:30 0:07:15 0:36:15 0:45:03 1:12:30 1:35:03 1:48:45 2:25:00 3:01:15 3:10:06
0:04:33 0:07:20 0:36:40 0:45:34 1:13:20 1:36:08 1:50:00 2:26:40 3:03:20 3:12:17
0:04:37 0:07:25 0:37:05 0:46:05 1:14:10 1:37:14 1:51:15 2:28:20 3:05:25 3:14:28
0:04:40 0:07:30 0:37:30 0:46:36 1:15:00 1:38:20 1:52:30 2:30:00 3:07:30 3:16:39
0:04:43 0:07:35 0:37:55 0:47:07 1:15:50 1:39:25 1:53:45 2:31:40 3:09:35 3:18:50
0:04:46 0:07:40 0:38:20 0:47:38 1:16:40 1:40:31 1:55:00 2:33:20 3:11:40 3:21:01
0:04:49 0:07:45 0:38:45 0:48:10 1:17:30 1:41:36 1:56:15 2:35:00 3:13:45 3:23:12
0:04:52 0:07:50 0:39:10 0:48:41 1:18:20 1:42:42 1:57:30 2:36:40 3:15:50 3:25:24
0:04:55 0:07:55 0:39:35 0:49:12 1:19:10 1:43:47 1:58:45 2:38:20 3:17:55 3:27:35
0:04:58 0:08:00 0:40:00 0:49:43 1:20:00 1:44:53 2:00:00 2:40:00 3:20:00 3:29:46
0:05:04 0:08:10 0:40:50 0:50:45 1:21:40 1:47:04 2:02:30 2:43:20 3:24:10 3:34:08
0:05:08 0:08:15 0:41:15 0:51:16 1:22:30 1:48:10 2:03:45 2:45:00 3:26:15 3:36:19
0:05:11 0:08:20 0:41:40 0:51:47 1:23:20 1:49:15 2:05:00 2:46:40 3:28:20 3:38:30
0:05:17 0:08:30 0:42:30 0:52:49 1:25:00 1:51:26 2:07:30 2:50:00 3:32:30 3:42:52
0:05:23 0:08:40 0:43:20 0:53:51 1:26:40 1:53:37 2:10:00 2:53:20 3:36:40 3:47:15
0:05:26 0:08:45 0:43:45 0:54:22 1:27:30 1:54:43 2:11:15 2:55:00 3:38:45 3:49:26
0:05:29 0:08:50 0:44:10 0:54:53 1:28:20 1:55:48 2:12:30 2:56:40 3:40:50 3:51:37
0:05:36 0:09:00 0:45:00 0:55:56 1:30:00 1:58:00 2:15:00 3:00:00 3:45:00 3:55:59
0:05:42 0:09:10 0:45:50 0:56:58 1:31:40 2:00:11 2:17:30 3:03:20 3:49:10 4:00:21
0:05:45 0:09:15 0:46:15 0:57:29 1:32:30 2:01:16 2:18:45 3:05:00 3:51:15 4:02:32
0:05:48 0:09:20 0:46:40 0:58:00 1:33:20 2:02:22 2:20:00 3:06:40 3:53:20 4:04:43
0:05:54 0:09:30 0:47:30 0:59:02 1:35:00 2:04:33 2:22:30 3:10:00 3:57:30 4:09:06

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