Boston Marathon 2022: Start time, route, qualifying times, list of past winners

For the first time since 2019, the Boston Marathon returns to its prime time: 9 a.m. on the third Monday of April — Patriots’ Day. Racers will be greeted with blooming mayflowers and clear skies in calmer, albeit chillier, conditions than last year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the marathon over the past two years. In 2020, amid nationwide calls for social distancing and quarantines, the marathon was canceled, although a virtual race was held in its stead. Runners returned to the event in 2021, but it was pushed back to November, another precautionary measure taken during the pandemic.

Runners must be vaccinated to participate in 2022. However, the rolling start that marked last year’s iteration of the race — another protocol taken to stem close contact between racers — has been removed. With approximately 30,000 participants expected this year, according to Boston.com, there just wouldn’t be enough space to reimplement the system.

The defending champions of the race are Benson Kipruto of Kenya (men’s) and Diana Kipyokei of Kenya (women’s).

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When is the Boston Marathon 2022?

  • Date: Monday, April 18
  • Time: 9 a.m. ET
  • TV: USA Network
  • Live stream: NBC Sports App, fuboTV

This year’s Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, April 18. The men’s wheelchair start will kick things off at 9:02 a.m., followed three minutes later by the women’s wheelchair event.

At 9:30 a.m., the handcycles and duos group will depart. The professional men’s division is the next group up, taking off at 9:37 a.m. It will be followed up by the professional women’s division, which will start running at 9:45 a.m.

The last race to take off, the para athletics division, will get started at 9:50 a.m. The wave heats get started with wave 1, which will leave the start at 10:00 a.m. Wave 2 will kick off at 10:25 a.m., followed by wave 3 at 10:50 a.m. and wave 4 at 11:15 a.m.

Boston Marathon start times

Event Time (ET)
Men’s Wheelchair 9:02 a.m.
Women’s Wheelchair 9:05 a.m.
Handcycles and Duos 9:30 a.m.
Professional Men 9:37 a.m.
Professional Women 9:45 a.m.
Para Athletics Division 9:50 a.m.
Wave 1 10:00 a.m.
Wave 2 10:25 a.m.
Wave 3 10:50 a.m.
Wave 4 11:15 a.m.

Boston Marathon route 2022

The legendary Boston Marathon race course spans 26.2 miles, taking participants through parts of historic Boston. The race starts in Hopkinton, a quiet, suburban town with a population of about 20,000 people.

The first half of the race is largely downhill, with runners racing on “side” roads. Participants will pass various landmarks scattered around the city, including the Stylianos Kriakides Statue on Mile 3 and Wellesly College, located on Mile 14.

At Mile 16, the course gets harder, though. Runners will have to make their way up and down four hills — aptly known as the “heartbreak hills” — before finishing the race on Bolyston Street.

Boston Marathon weather forecast

The forecast for the Boston Marathon looks promising, with weekend rain expected to clear out by Monday morning. According to WBZ-4 Boston meteorologist Terry Eliasen,  temperatures are expected to hover around the 50s.

Boston Marathon qualifying times

Age Men Women
18-34 3:00:00 3:30:00
35–39 3:05:00 3:35:00
40–44 3:10:00 3:40:00
45–49 3:20:00 3:50:00
50–54 3:25:00 3:55:00
55–59 3:35:00 4:05:00
60–64 3:50:00 4:20:00
65–69 4:05:00 4:35:00
70–74 4:20:00 4:50:00
75–79 4:35:00 5:05:00
≥80 4:50:00 5:20:00

List of past Boston Marathon winners

Men

Year Runner (Country) Time
2021 Benson Kipruto (Kenya) 2:09:51
2019 Lawrence Cherono (Kenya) 2:07:57
2018 Yuki Kawauchi (Japan) 2:15:58
2017 Geoffrey Kirui (Kenya) 2:09:37
2016 Lemi Berhanu (Ethiopia) 2:12:45
2015 Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) 2:09:17
2014 Meb Keflezighi (United States) 2:08:37
2013 Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) 2:10:22
2012 Wesley Korir (Kenya) 2:12:40
2011 Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) 2:03:02
2010 Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot (Kenya) 2:05:52
2009 Deriba Merga (Ethiopia) 2:08:42

Women

Time Runner (Country) Time
2021 Diana Kipyokei (Kenya) 2:24:45
2019 Worknesh Degefa (Ethiopia) 2:23:31
2018 Desiree Linden (United States) 2:39:54
2017 Edna Kiplagat (Kenya) 2:21:52
2016 Atsede Baysa (Ethiopia) 2:29:19
2015 Caroline Rotich (Kenya) 2:24:55
2014 Buzunesh Deba (Ethiopia) 2:19:59
2013 Rita Jeptoo (Kenya) 2:26:25
2012 Sharon Cherop (Kenya) 2:31:50
2011 Caroline Kilel (Kenya) 2:22:36
2010 Teyba Erkesso (Ethiopia) 2:26:11
2009 Salina Kosgei (Kenya) 2:32:16

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