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Boston Marathon Course and Cheat sheet

With the Boston Marathon only a little over a month away, I thought I would dig around and see what interesting stuff I can find on the event.


Let’s start off with the course map of Boston Marathon.

Some things that caught my attention while looking at the map:

  • It is a point-to-point event. I would assume the event has a pretty good shuttle system but I wonder how it is all going to work. Also, what is it like for family members spectating? Will it be easy for them to move down along the course by vehicle? Hopefully throughout the coming weeks I can find some additional information.
  • Appears like a mostly downhill run through 16 miles, uphill through mile 21, and then downhill to the finish. It would seem like it would be a good idea to save something for miles 16-21.
  • Finish in downtown Boston. That should be pretty cool.

Cheat Sheet and More

Over on the Runner’s World message board I found an interesting thread created by a person name Greg Maclin who developed a extremely amazing Boston marathon cheat sheet (excel spreadsheet) for us all to enjoy. He created an involved pacing spreadsheet that will estimate your time at every mile along the course. That is not all. Also included is a Wrist band Pacing Page, Elevation Chart, Hill Info, Course Map, Start Times, Start Area Map, Finish Area Map, and Qualifying Times.

A big thanks to Greg for this amazing work. Provide a reply in the thread if you end up downloading the spreadsheet, I am sure he would appreciate it.

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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