709. Everything You Need to Know About the 2024 Boston Marathon


“Right on Hereford, left on Boylston. It is the place to be. It’s special every time.”

We are less than two weeks away from the 128th running of the world’s oldest marathon. This year’s Boston Marathon takes place, as always, on the third Monday of April — this year, that’s April 15. In this mega-episode, I (along with a team of experts and insiders) am attempting to answer all of your questions about all things Boston. Katie Hawkes and Lauren Proshan from the Boston Athletic Association are here to talk logistics (take some deep breaths — the journey to the start line is doable, and you won’t be waiting around for too long once you get there!), past champions Des Linden and Meb Keflezighi join to talk course strategy and to break down what it takes to succeed (and run a PR!) in Boston, and sports dietitian Meghann Featherstun is here to give you some last-minute fueling advice. Get excited: Whether you’re running, volunteering, cheering, or watching from home, it’ll be a Boston to remember.


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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • B.A.A. director of brand and experiential marketing Katie Hawkes talks about the significance of the Boston Marathon, and shares what’s new for 2024 (4:00)
  • Want to run Boston someday? Here’s what you need to know about getting in, plus how to watch, the inside scoop on the Boston Celebration jackets, and more (29:50)
  • 2014 Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi offers a Boston-specific pep talk (48:00)
  • Lauren Proshan, the B.A.A.’s chief of race operations and production, explains the process of getting to the start line in Hopkinton, and what to know once you’re there (1:15:00)
  • A quick note from Ali (1:39:30)
  • Sports dietitian and four-time Boston Marathoner Meghann Featherstun offers advice on Boston-specific fueling before, during, and after the race (1:45:45)
  • 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden breaks down the Boston Marathon course (2:11:00)
  • All about the Boston Marathon finish line (2:41:30)
  • A quick overview about spectating at the Boston Marathon, and final thoughts on all things Boston 2023 (2:48:00)

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