Looking for a way to watch the Boston Marathon 2023 online? While you might not be able to head to the race in person, approximately 30,000 runners are about to take on the 127th edition of the Boston Marathon this Patriot’s Day, and we've found all the ways you can tune in and cheer, from wherever you are in the world.
The Boston Marathon takes place on today (April 17)
► Time: 9 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. PT / 2 pm BST / 12 a.m. Tuesday AEDT
• U.S. — Broadcast locally on WCVB Channel 5. Live national coverage will be featured on ESPN (watch on Sling TV), The Olympic Channel, via Olympics.com, WCVB, Very Local Boston, FloTrack
• U.K. — ESPN UK, FloTrack, EuroSport,
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The stage is set for one of the most iconic marathons in the world, with some of the fastest runners in history lining up with 30,000 runners today, to take on 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boylston Street.
In the elite field, the fastest man in the world, Eliud Kipchoge, is toeing the start line in an attempt to break the course record in his quest to win all six of the marathon majors. The Kenyan runner has an unofficial PR of 1:59:40, which he ran in Vienna in October 2019, and an official world record marathon time of 2:01:09. The Boston Marathon course record is 2:03:02, set by Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai in 2011, and Kipchoge looks set to break it.
Last year's Boston and New York City Marathon winner, Evans Chebet of Kenya, is also back to defend his title. Scott Fauble, CJ Albertson, and Conner Mantz are all racing on home soil.
In the women's field, nine athletes who have run under 2:20 will be on the start line, including Amane Beriso, who ran the third-fastest marathon of all time last year, and reigning world champion Gotytom Gebreslase. Des Linden, Sara Hall, Aliphine Tuliamuk, Emma Bates, and Nell Rojas are all racing in front of a home crowd.
This year’s race is slated to be the “fastest and most decorated Boston Marathon” in race history, organizers say.
And of course, there's the mass participation race — if you do know someone running in the masses, here are the best ways to track runners at the Boston Marathon.
Boston Marathon 2023 start times and schedule
Ready to cheer? Timings are as follows (all times are in ET):
9:02 a.m. – Men’s wheelchair
9:05 a.m. – Women’s wheelchair
9:30 a.m. – Handcycles and duos
9:37 a.m. – Professional men
9:45 a.m. – Professional women
9:50 a.m. – Para athletics
10 a.m. – Non-elite start
Wave 1, starting at 10:00 a.m.
Wave 2, starting at 10:25 a.m.
Wave 3, starting at 10:50 a.m.
Wave 4, starting at 11:15 a.m.
What does the weather look like for the Boston Marathon?
In a word, the weather for Monday's Boston Marathon looks to be wet. At the moment, temperatures look to be between 45-50 degrees, with winds of 5-15 miles per hour on the route from Hopkinton to Boston. By midday, the winds pick up a little, with gusts of 10-20 miles per hour.
How to watch the Boston Marathon live stream wherever you are
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How to watch the Boston Marathon in the US
Outside of Boston, you can also tune in to the Boston Marathon on ESPN, which is available on Sling TV Orange, which starts at $40 per month, and is currently 50% off for the first month. The broadcast is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. ET and will continue until 1:00 p.m. ET.
If you’re local to Boston, the easiest way to watch all of the action on Monday is to put your feet up and tune into CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV live coverage, which airs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Cut the cord? It should be available locally on fubo, if your WBZ is available for you. The race will also be live-streamed on Very Local Boston, which can be installed for free on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, or through the app store on mobile devices.
You can also stream the Boston Marathon on FloTrack, but it does require you to have a subscription.
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How to watch the Boston Marathon in the UK
If you’re in the UK, you can still follow the Boston Marathon live coverage by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
The easiest way to tune in is to watch the live coverage on NBC Sports using a VPN service, which starts at 1.00 pm BST. You can also watch the live stream from FloSports, but this does require you to have a subscription. Plans start at $12.50 per month, according to the FloSports website, and you can download the FloSports app on Roku and Apple TV. You can also stream the Boston Marathon on EuroSport from 2.30 pm BST, or on the Olympic Channel.