In five weeks, thousands of Canadians will be in Boston for the world’s most famous road race.
With just over a month remaining to race day, 2017 Boston Marathon entrants found out Friday some important details. The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) announced Friday the bib numbers, waves and corral assignments for the 2017 Boston Marathon.
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The second of the year’s Abbott World Marathon Majors, set for April 17, features, as always, a point-to-point course beginning in Hopkinton, Mass. and ending on Boylston Street in downtown Boston. The race is famous for its pre-race atmosphere as tens of thousands of runners convene near the start line. Many participants ride a bus to the start from the surrounding areas.
With just over a month to go, Boston Marathon entrants can check where they will be situated on the start line. Because of the field’s size, as is the case with many marathons, runners are divided into corrals with staggered starts. Eric Gillis and Rachel Hannah are the two fastest Canadians slated to run this year’s Boston Marathon, marking the 121st running of the historic race.
Runners had to better their respective category’s qualifying cut-off time by 2:09 to gain entry to the highly-competitive race.
You can see the entry list here.
Bib numbers correspond to where in the race runners start. Bibs 101 to 7,700, for example, are coloured red with seed times between 2:25:21 and 3:10:43. There are four waves with the start of each group separated by 25 minutes. The first wave begins at 10 a.m. with the final wave getting underway at 11:15 a.m.