Ride the 2018 Boston Marathon!
The next running of the Boston Marathon is on Monday, April 16th, 2018!
The Boston Marathon is almost certainly the most iconic sporting event in Boston. It’s the longest running Marathon in the world, and the second longest running foot race in the US, (narrowly beaten out by the Buffalo Turkey Trot by just five months).
The Marathon’s 26.2 mile route winds through Eight cities and suburbs: Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and of course, Boston! The route includes charming downtown areas, bustling city streets, and wooded roads between farmland. It is as picturesque and elegant, and a perfect place for a running race. And with those settings also come great places for our favorite activity: Biking!
Fun ways to enjoy the marathon route by bike:
- Midnight Bike Ride along the marathon route
- Rent a bike and follow along with the riders
- Avoid the crowds, rent a mountain bike, and get out of town for some shredding!
We’ve got a whole page devoted to information about biking during the Boston Marathon, but here are some of the most common questions we get about biking during the event:
How do I book a bike? How early can I reserve?
Just call us! Our number is 617-670-0637. We are open year round and can take reservations as early as you want. The Marathon is a VERY busy day and we usually do sell out.
Okay, where’s the best action?
Realistically, anywhere is going to have loads of people running by all day. “Heartbreak Hill,” just west of Boston College, is where many people say is the best place to watch the race. Coolidge Corner, Cleveland Circle, and Kenmore Square are usually very crowded, but are also just before the final stretch of the race. Anywhere from Kenmore inbound to Copley Square is going to be very, very crowded, but have a lot of action.
My friend/loved one is running. When can I see them at what location?
I heard that there’s no cycling allowed in the city at all on Marathon day.
False. The course is closed off during the race, and there are other road closures and restrictions around the city, but there is definitely no ban on cycling in the city. That would be preposterous!
I don’t like crowds. How do I avoid this whole thing?
Consider taking a ride on one of our longer routes. Mountain biking is also great during this time of the year! Or, head out of town on the Amtrak Downeaster and enjoy the other great states in New England. You can bring your bike right on the train for just $5!