The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's most prestigious road racing events. The Boston Athletic Association manages this American classic, which is sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services. The Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity and method of gaining entry into the race (via qualification).
It will take place on Patriots' Day, Monday, April 21. The first group of runners begin at 8:50 a.m. in Hopkinton and the race will conclude in Copley Square.