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2024 Charles River Marathon

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Join us at the 8th annual Charles River Marathon. Our BQ-eligible 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, 2024

Boston, MA 02135

Race / Category
Prizes / Awards
No surprise fees - what you see is what you pay, service fee included
7:00 AM
+ $100 fundraising requirement ($230 total) includes finisher’s medal, hat, and tech shirt.
7:00 AM
Wait-list runners may be invited starting Aug. 1st; wait-list fee is non-refundable.
6:30 AM
Run 3-8 laps at a consistent pace and lead a BQ group running from 6:56/mile up to 10:23/mile. (no official time)
6:00 AM
Free hoody shirt, hat, and free entry into our Oktoberfest Four Miler in October.
5:00 AM
Get a free hat and free entry into our Oktoberfest Four Miler.
6:00 AM
Get a free hat and free entry into our Oktoberfest Four Miler.
8:30 AM
Get a free hat and free entry into our Oktoberfest Four Miler.
11:30 AM
Get a free hat and free entry into our our Oktoberfest Four Miler.

From the Organizer

One of the fastest BQ courses in the USA.


Cost: $110 entry fee + $100 donation/fundraising
You can make the donation when registering. 


Marathon:  $110 entry fee (through April 30th), plus each entrant must raise at least $100 via their personal fundraising page, which is created when registering. Entrants may optionally donate during the registration process to contribute towards their fundraising goal. Entry includes a great finisher’s medal, a hat, and a tech shirt. Registration will close if/when 300 runners have registered, and then we'll have a wait-list.


5:30 am – Registration opens
6:30 am - Registration closes
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  at TBD

Race day number pick-up:
Start line (Herter Park) 5:30am to 6:30am

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.