HOPKINTON — The Town of Hopkinton is excited to welcome the runners, spectators, supporters, volunteers and staff of the 2021 Boston Marathon back to Hopkinton for the first time in two years, and for the first time ever amid New England beautiful fall foliage.
On Monday morning, the 125th Boston Marathon will return to it’s traditional starting line in the small and welcoming community 26.2 miles from Boston. The Town of Hopkinton, Select Board, Town Manager Norman Khumalo, and town employees are all thrilled to welcome the return of one of America’s greatest sporting events.
“We were saddened last year when the Marathon had to be cancelled amid the uncertainties of the global COVID-19 pandemic, but we’re thrilled to be together again this year,” said Town Manager Khumalo. “I hope everyone who visits us on Monday enjoys our community and the gorgeous and unique backdrop of the foliage we have hosting the start of the race for the first time in the fall.”
The Marathon was held virtually last year and postponed from April to October for the first time ever this year due to the pandemic. Municipal employees, town committees and businesses have worked tirelessly during the intercession to ensure Hopkinton is as welcoming and ready as ever.
“I’d like to personally thank every town employee, business owner, volunteer, committee member and member of our community who have worked together to make Hopkinton the best possible starting point for the incredible stories of perseverance, dedication, and passion that the Boston Marathon creates,” Select Board Chair Irfan Nasrullah said. “The Marathon brings out the best in many participants, and it brings out the best in Hopkinton as well.”
Those planning to visit Hopkinton on Monday should be aware that all roads leading into the downtown area will be closed for travel to create a safe and efficient area for those involved in the Marathon. For an up-to-date and detailed list of local road closures, follow the Town of Hopkinton’s Twitter account here.
The Marathon is an outdoor event and all applicable COVID-19 regulations in effect on the day of the race will be observed, and Marathon participants will have additional regulations to follow in accordance with the Boston Athletic Association’s rules.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 measures in place in Massachusetts and Hopkinton, click here.
Runners can find info on the starting area from the Boston Athletic Association by clicking here.
To view or download the Boston Marathon Association’s official spectator guide, click here.
“I am so proud and so pleased that Hopkinton can once again shine as the starting point of such a truly great and inspiring event,” Town Manager Khumalo said. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome everyone back to our town.”