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2019 Charles River Marathon

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Join us at the 3rd annual Charles River Marathon. The USATF Certified course is ten laps of a flat 2.6 mile loop around Boston’s scenic Charles River.

7:00 AM, Sun. Sep 8, 2019

Boston, MA 02135

Race / Category
Prizes / Awards
No surprise fees - what you see is what you pay, service fee included
7:00 AM
Entry fee will be refunded if you're not selected from the wait-list.
7:00 AM
Run 3-7 laps at a consistent pace and lead a BQ group running from 6:56/mile up to 10:23/mile. (no official times)
2:00 PM
Get a free hat and free entry into our Super Sunday 5K/5M in February, or a refund if you've already signed up.
6:00 AM
Get a free hat and free entry into our Super Sunday 5K/5M in February, or a refund if you've already signed up.
8:00 AM
Get a free hat and free entry into our Super Sunday 5K/5M in February, or a refund if you've already signed up.
Sorry; online registration for this event has closed. Click here to contact the organizer.

From the Organizer


Charles River Marathon wait-list registration process explained:

Getting into the marathon requires three steps;
1) Registration
Register to join the wait-list on this page and pay the $80 entry fee. Note that if you ARE NOT selected from the wait-list, your $80 entry fee will be fully refunded. Your RaceMenu fundraising page will be automatically created during the registration process in case you'd like to get a head-start on the $150 fundraising requirement.
2) Selection
If you are selected from the wait-list, you will be notified via email. Once notified, the $80 entry fee is non-refundable and you'll have 30 days to reach the $150 fundraising minimum via your RaceMenu personal fundraising page.

3) Fundraising
Your entry will be confirmed one you raise at least $150 for RACE Cancer Foundation via your RaceMenu personal fundraising page. Your fundraising deadline is 30 days from the date you are notified of selection. 

Charles River Marathon standard registration process explained:

Entering the marathon requires two steps;
1) Register for the marathon on this page, pay the $60 non-refundable entry fee, and create your RaceMenu fundraising page.
2) Raise at least $150 for RACE Cancer Foundation via your RaceMenu personal fundraising page by June 30th, 2019.
3) If your fundraising page has not reached $150 by June 30th, your entry will be canceled.



Marathon:  $60 entry fee. Each entrant must also raise at least $150 via your personal fundraising page which is created when registering. Entry includes a great finisher’s medal, a hat, a tech shirt, and post-race food & drink. Registration opens on April 22, 2019 and will close once 250 runners have registered.

For 2019 we've eliminated the half marathon to allow more marathon participants.


5:30 am – Marathon & Half Marathon Relay registration opens
7:00 am – Marathon starts
10:30 am – Marathon Awards Ceremony – Overall Winners (top 3)
11:30am – Marathon Awards Ceremony – Age Group Winners (top 3)

Early number pick-up:
Saturday 9/7, 2pm-5pm at 
Miller's Ale House 617 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Race day number pick-up:
Artesani Park 5:30am to 6:45am

Bag check:
As with all RACE events, there will be secure bag-check area (near start/finish line) for all participants.


Marathon: Top 3 male & female overall, and age group awards: 18-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+. Overall awards are based on gun time. AG awards are based on chip (net) time. Trophies/medals can be picked up at our office but any other prizes may only be claimed at the awards ceremony. Due to permitting and volunteer constraints, the marathon will have time limit of 4 hours and 30 minutes for runners age 59 and younger. Runners 60 and older will have the time limit extended to 5 hours. 

BODYARMOR stations: There will be three BODYARMOR stations on the 2.6 mile loop: two along Greenough Boulevard, and one at the start/finish line. Each BODYARMOR station will have Sports Drink and Water.

Dogs and strollers: Sorry, while dogs and strollers are typically welcome in our events, we can’t allow either in this event.

Pacing: We acknowledge that recruiting friends to help pace you during a marathon is common practice, and especially tempting on a ten lap course. We’ve capped the field size for safety reasons due to narrow paths, especially along the bridges. We may have pace groups if there’s enough demand. If you want someone to pace you, they must be an official entrant or you risk disqualification. For more info, refer to USATF rule 144 (page 58.) We expect there will be a USATF official be at the event.

We need volunteers!
We are seeking volunteers to help with several aspects of the event. Please sign up to volunteer at

Public Transportation: Harvard Square MBTA Station is a 1.1 miles away. The 70, 70a, and 86 buses will drop you .1 mile away at Western Ave & Everett St. Plan your trip here: Google Trip Planner

Parking: There’s a large parking area (lot #4) at 1101 Soldiers Field Road next to the start/finish area.

Postponement, Cancellation and Refund Policy:
All events are held rain or shine. In the event of severely inclement weather, an event may be postponed to another date. No refunds will be issued due to conflicts with the postponement date. If RACE must cancel the event due to circumstances beyond our control, no refunds will be issued. Please remember that all proceeds go to charity. Charles River Marathon fundraiser entries and related donations are non-transferable.