How to Watch the 2016 Boston Marathon

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The 120th Boston Marathon runs on Monday, April 18 (Patriots' Day in Massachusetts) and if can't make it to Beantown to be part of the excitement, you can still catch live coverage on television or online.

The race kicks off at 9:32 a.m., with the elite women start. The elite men and first of four waves follow at 10:00 a.m. Here are your options for watching it:

Online: The 2016 Boston Marathon will be streamed live online for free at starting at 9:30 a.m.


On TV:

The race will be televised live locally in Boston on WBZ-TV (Channel 4), with coverage starting at 7:00 a.m.

  • Exclusive Live Local Coverage of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18 from 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET on WBZ-TV
  • The Re-Run: Race Re-Broadcast on Monday, April 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET on myTV38
  • for Live Streaming, Course Guide, & Finish Line Cam


Universal Sports Network will have coverage from 8:30 am to 1:00 p.m. If you don't know if you get the Universal Sports channel, go to their website and enter your zip code and cable provider to find out what channel to watch. In addition to the 120th running of Boston’s epic event, Universal Sports will have pre- and post-race coverage LIVE from the finish line on Boylston St. in Boston.

  • Sunday, Apr.17 @ 8:00 p.m. ET: Preview Show
  • Monday, Apr. 18 @ 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET: 2016 Boston Marathon
  • Monday, April 18 @ 8:00 p.m. ET: 2016 Boston Marathon Encore Presentation

To track your family and friends:

You can get your runner's race splits every 5K on the Boston Marathon website. The AT&T Athlete Alert will send subscribers text messages or email alerts when your runner reaches the following points: start, 10K, half marathon, 30K, and finish .

Just make sure you have your runner's bib number when you register.

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