How to watch the Boston Marathon live on TV or the internet

Galen Rupp grabbed water during the 121st running of the Boston Marathon in 2017.
Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Galen Rupp grabbed water during the 121st running of the Boston Marathon in 2017.

On Monday, hundreds of thousands of spectators will line the Boston Marathon route from Hopkinton to the Back Bay to watch tens of thousands of runners give it their all. If you don’t want to deal with traffic and crowds but still want to stay up to date on the race, you’re in luck. There are plenty of ways to keep tabs on the 2018 Boston Marathon from the comfort of your home (or office). Here’s what you need to know to watch the marathon live:

First of all, here’s when the race starts:

The first start time is 8:40 a.m., for mobility impaired runners. You can view a full list of start times here.

If you want to watch the race on TV…

Local coverage will be available on WBZ-TV (CBS). Pre-race coverage begins at 7 a.m., and race coverage starts at 9 a.m. Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with an official number, will cover the race alongside Lisa Hughes, Steve Burton, and Toni Reavis. CBS will replay the race at 8 p.m. on myTV38.


Live national coverage will air on NBC Sports Network. A preview show will air Sunday at 8 p.m. Live coverage of the race will air Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a marathon replay will air Monday at 8 p.m. For program and channel information, check your local listings.

If you want to listen to the race on the radio…

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WBZ NewsRadio 1030 will begin coverage at 9:15 a.m. Josh Binswanger, Sharon Barbano, and Tom Cuddy will host the coverage, and there will be a team of reporters along the course.

You can also listen to the coverage on the iHeartRadio app.

If you want to live stream the race… will stream coverage beginning at 9 a.m. Their team will also have a camera fixed on the finish line throughout the day. However, if you are outside of New England or your company’s computer servers are outside of New England, you won’t be able to view the elite portion of the race, from about 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., because’s online streaming rights end at the New England border for that portion of the race.