Held inside the grounds of Fenway Park, the home of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox, the marathon will be 112 laps, counted electronically. Scheduled for Sept. 15 at 5:00 p.m. local time, the marathon has a six-hour cutoff and includes one water stop on each 350m lap. The course will be on the field itself, on the warning track, the part of the field closest to the wall or fence, typically comprised of dirt. For spectators, that means runners will be only metres away from the stands.
Race entrant hopefuls will need to raise at least $5,000 for charity and entry is based on a first come, first served basis. According to Competitor, the race is expected to be USATF-certified meaning that runners’ times are eligible for qualification for the Boston Marathon. The city’s popular April marathon has differing time standards based on age groups.
According to the Red Sox Foundation, it’s the first marathon that will be held inside a MLB ballpark. There’s a Boston Red Sox home game on Sept. 14, the day before the marathon, while the team travels to Tampa Bay on Sept. 15. The stadium will also be open for spectators to watch the race unfold.
The Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park have a long history of working with the Boston Marathon as a home game is held annually on the same day as the world’s oldest continually run marathon. Boston Marathon runners pass by Fenway towards the end of the point-to-point race which famously begins in Hopkinton, Mass. Dave McGillivray, the race director for the Boston Marathon, takes on the same role for the Fenway Park Marathon.
It’s not the only race to finish in Fenway as the Run to Home Base, an event featuring a 5K and 9K, also finishes inside the park.