Elite women to start behind the men at Boston 2020

Boston announces their 2020 start times and one change to the order

February 6th, 2020 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , , ,

On Thursday morning the B.A.A. released start times for the 2020 Boston Marathon, and the timetable came with one major change for 2020: the women will start behind the men.

Gene Dykes with daughter Hilary at Boston 2019. Photo: Facebook

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Over the past few years it has become tradition for the elite women to start ahead of the elite men, but the 2020 Boston Marathon has reversed the order, citing safety concerns. The press release says, “To minimize the amount of passing of athletes down course, the elite men will start eight minutes prior to the elite women. This change is being implemented to help increase the safety of athletes within the elite women’s division, who in previous years were at risk of being overtaken by both the elite men and their accompanying lead vehicles in the second half of the race route.”

The B.A.A has promised that the new order will not compromise the women’s coverage.

Among those elite women will be Canadian Krista DuChene. The runner is excited for her third-consecutive Boston and coming off a strong 2019–her most recent marathon result was at the 2019 Berlin Marathon, where she won the masters race in 2:32:27 (her fastest marathon time since 2015).

2020 start times

9:02 a.m. ET Men’s Wheelchair Division Start

9:05 a.m. ET Women’s Wheelchair Division Start

9:30 a.m. ET Handcycle Program & Duo Participants Start

9:37 a.m. ET Elite Men’s Division Start

9:45 a.m. ET Elite Women’s Division Start

9:50 a.m. ET Para Athletics Divisions Start

10:00 a.m. ET Wave One Start

10:25 a.m. ET Wave Two Start

10:50 a.m. ET Wave Three Start

11:15 a.m. ET Wave Four Start