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How to watch the Boston Marathon live stream online

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It's time to watch the 2022 Boston Marathon online. While you might not be able to head to the race in person, 30,000 runners are about to take on the 126th 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.

Boston Marathon live stream, date, time, channels

The Boston Marathon takes today Monday, April 18
► Time: 9:00 a.m. ET / 8:00 a.m. CT / 5:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 pm BST
• U.S. — Watch USA Network, WBZ-TV, NBC Sports, FloSports, Peacock
• U.K. — Watch FloSports, Eurosport 2
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free 

Last year’s Boston Marathon took place just 189 days ago after it was rescheduled to the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, Marathon Monday is back to its more typical race — with 30,000 runners lining up to run the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boylston Street. Yet if you're not able to get to Boston this year and want to support from your coach, here's how to watch the Boston Marathon 2022. 

From an elite perspective, the stage looks set for an exciting race, with male and female Boston champions returning to the race, with all other marathon majors, including the London Marathon, moving to the fall. Although the men's field has lost the second-fastest marathon runner in history, Kenesia Bekele, who withdrew from the race citing he wasn't ready, the stage is still set for a fast race, with Birhanu Legese, Lelisa Desisa, and Benson Kipruto all toeing the line. 

In the women’s race, the stage is set for one of the fastest Boston Marathons in history, with seven women entering with personal records of under 2:21:00. Olympic gold medalist Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, the fifth-fastest woman in history, is one of them. 

US runners Scott Fauble, Colin Bennie, Jared Ward, Des Linden and Molly Seidel will also be joining the list of Boston Marathon winners to race in front of a home crowd. And of course, there's the mass participation race — if you do know someone running in the masses, here’s the best ways to track runners at the Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon 2022 start times and schedule 

Boston Marathon fans, you'll be pleased to hear this year's race is back to it's normal schedule. 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

If you are tracking a runner at the Boston Marathon 2022, here's a rough idea of when they'll be heading off from their bib number: 

Bib Numbers 261–7,700: Wave 1, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Bib Numbers: 8,000–15,999: Wave 2, starting at 10:25 a.m.

Bib Numbers: 16,000–23,999: Wave 3, starting at 10:50 a.m.

Bib Numbers: 24,000–32,999: Wave 4, starting at 11:15 a.m.

What does the weather look like for the Boston Marathon?

For anyone thinking back to the 2018 race, you'll be pleased to hear the weather looks much less dramatic for Monday's Boston Marathon. In fact, the weather looks pretty perfect — temperatures between 44 and 50 degrees, and a wind speed of 5-7mph. 

How to watch the Boston Marathon live stream wherever you are 

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How to watch the Boston Marathon in the US 

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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 fuboTV, if your WBZ is available for you. 

Outside of Boston, you can also tune in to the Boston Marathon on NBC Sports and the NBC Sports app, which will be broadcasting live race coverage from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET.  You could log into those services with the right cable provider login. 

You can also stream the Boston Marathon on Peacock, although that does require you to have a subscription, which costs $4.99 a month. Plus, if you're already signed up to FloSports, you can also stream the Boston Marathon on there. 

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How to watch the Boston Marathon in the UK 

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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 2 from 2.30 pm BST. 

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Jane McGuire
Jane McGuire

Jane McGuire is Tom's Guide's Fitness editor, which means she looks after everything fitness related - from running gear to yoga mats. An avid runner, Jane has tested and reviewed fitness products for the past four years, so knows what to look for when finding a good running watch or a pair of shorts with pockets big enough for your smartphone. When she's not pounding the pavements, you'll find Jane striding round the Surrey Hills, taking far too many photos of her puppy.