2024 Boston Marathon: Training plans, distance, date, location, and more

Find out all you need to know about the Boston Marathon – including how to choose the best training plan to get race-ready and set a new personal best.

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About the event

The Boston Marathon is one of the oldest and most prestigious marathons in the world, first held on April 19, 1897. Hosted by the city of Boston, Massachusetts, the race is renowned for its challenging course, which includes the infamous "Heartbreak Hill" near the 21-mile mark. Runners must meet stringent qualifying times in other marathons to even earn a spot in the race, making it a bucket-list event for competitive long-distance runners. With its rich history, international acclaim, and significant community impact, the Boston Marathon is not just a race but a cultural event that draws hundreds of thousands of spectators each year.

Date: 

Mon
Apr 15
2024

Location: 

Boston, United States

Distance

42.2km

Elevation profile: 

Moderate

Website: 

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Elevation gain: 

Number of participants: 

30000

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How to train for Boston Marathon: Boston Marathon training plans for every runner

To train for Boston Marathon, you’ll need a personalized training plan and to build up your weekly mileage progressively.

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Having a plan will also help with accountability, meaning that you can focus purely on improving your running game.

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