BAA Announces Grand Marshals, Official Starters and Race Week Festivities Around the 126th Boston Marathon


BOSTON—Ahead of the 126th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) today announced the Grand Marshal, official starters and festivities to celebrate the world’s oldest annual marathon.

Boston Pride to Serve as Ceremonial Grand Marshal

Boston Pride team captains Jillian Dempsey (Winthrop, MA) and Mary Parker (Milton, MA) will serve as honorary grand marshals for the 126th Boston Marathon, leading 30,000 participants from start to finish. Dempsey and Parker helped Boston Pride win their second straight Isobel Cup championship as part of the National Women’s Hockey League.

Dempsey and Parker will be driven to the finish in the all-new 2022 Honda Passport 5-seater SUV, where they will join the rest of their Pride teammates on Boylston Street.

The Boston Marathon will also include a flyby of two C-130s from Bradley Air National Guard Base. Aircraft will fly over the course beginning at the Hopkinton Start Line at approximately 9:58 a.m. ET and ending at the Boylston Street Finish Line at approximately 10:03 a.m. ET.

Official starts of the 126th Boston Marathon

1972 sixth-place finisher Valerie Rogosheske, African-American running icon Marilyn Bevans, 1968 champion Amby Burfoot and Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray will be among the honorary starters who will help participants from the starting line in Hopkinton. A full list of starters can be found below.


Men’s Wheelchair, 9:02 a.m. ET, Marilyn Bevans – 3-time top 10 in Boston and first African-American woman to run less than 3 hours in a marathon

Women’s Wheelchair, 9:05 a.m. ET, Marilyn Bevans – 3-time top 10 in Boston and first African-American woman to run less than 3 hours in a marathon

Handcycles & Duos, 9:30 a.m. ET, Dave McGillivray – Boston Marathon race director who will run his 50th consecutive Boston Marathon this year (more below)

professional men, 9:37 a.m. ET, Amby Burfoot- Boston Marathon champion in 1968 who is also running this year

professional women, 9:45 a.m. ET, Val Rogosheske – One of Boston’s 1972 Women’s First Division “Original Eight” finishers; run this year, 50 years after finishing 6th, with his two daughters

Para-Athletics Division, 9:50 a.m. ET, Christina Whelton- Member of the distinguished Brown family who have been runners in the Boston Marathon for nearly a century

Wave 1, 10:00 a.m. ET, J.T. Peebles – Winner of Nebraska’s 2020 #BAAGivesBack contest, running his 10th straight Boston Marathon

Wave 2, 10:25 a.m. ET, Phil Powers – 35-year-old Hopkinton Police Department veteran who retired in January

Wave 3, 10:50 a.m. ET, Mike Mansir- Hopkinton Highway Manager who has been coordinating all of DPW’s marathon efforts for 26 years

Wave 4, 11:15 a.m. ET, Mary Carver- 25-year-old administrative assistant with the Hopkinton Fire Department who retired in February

Boston Marathon Fan Festival presented by Amazon returns with star-studded signs

The Boston Marathon Fan Fest presented by Amazon at Copley Square Park will be the perfect place to soak up the race week atmosphere, enjoy live entertainment and listen to star panels featuring champions, medalists olympics, running icons and more. The Fan Fest is free and open to the public and features programming on Friday, April 15 (12:00-8:00 p.m.); Saturday April 16 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.); and Sunday April 17 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Visit for a full calendar of eventslist of panelists and animations.

Brand new Sam Adams Run Pub to debut on Dartmouth Street

New for 2022, participants and their families are encouraged to relax at the Sam Adams Run pub just steps from the Boston Marathon finish line. Located on the corner of Dartmouth Street and Boylston Street near Copley Square Park, the Boston Marathon Run Pub will be a marathon-themed brewery featuring Samuel Adams 26.2 Brew. The Run Pub will be open Friday April 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday April 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Dave McGillivray will complete his 50th straight Boston Marathon

After leading the 126th Boston Marathon, race director Dave McGillivray will travel to Hopkinton to run his 50th consecutive Boston Marathon. On Patriots Day, McGillivray will run the Hopkinton-Boston route in the late afternoon and evening.

Boston Marathon Media Resources

The BAA encourages all media to frequently visit our Boston Marathon Media Resources Page ( for tee lists, links and up-to-date information. This year’s media guide, uniform guide, participant guide and more are available on the media resources page. the Media Resources Page will be updated frequently before the race weekend.

126th Boston Marathon Media Event Schedule (subject to change)


Public Safety Press Conference | 10:00 a.m. | Boston Marathon Fan Fest Stadium, Copley Square Park

Public safety and race officials will share relevant race information to ensure a safe and successful Boston Marathon experience.


John Hancock Pro Athletes Press Conference | 10:00 a.m. | Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

Members of the John Hancock Professional Athlete Panel, including Olympic and Paralympic medalists, running champions and winners of Abbott World Marathon Majors races, will be available for group and individual interviews. Select athletes will also be available virtually for absent media upon request.

One day from Boston | 2:00 p.m. | Boylston Street Memorials

In remembrance of the victims of 2013, a wreath will be laid at each of the memorials located on Boylston Street. There will be a performance by the Boston City Singers from Dorchester Bay and a moment of silence will be observed at 2:49 p.m. ET.

Boston Marathon Opening Celebration | 5:00 p.m. | Boston Marathon Fan Festival, Copley Square Park

BAA officials will kick off race weekend with a special celebratory event honoring Boston Marathon legends and milestones. Among the special honorees this year are the 1972 Women’s First Division runners-up and the Patriots Award and Team Hoyt Award recipients.


Boston Marathon Expo | Hynes Convention Center

The Boston Marathon Expo will be open to participants and members of the public from Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. Attendees will collect their bib numbers and explore a sponsor pavilion, pose for photo ops and shop for the largest collection of adidas Boston Marathon merchandise in town.

Boston Marathon Fan Fest presented by Amazon | Place Copley

The Boston Marathon Fan Fest presented by Amazon in Copley Square Park will be the perfect place to soak up the race week atmosphere. Fan Fest will host live music, entertainment, photo ops, meet and greets, archives, the latest Boston Marathon training clinic, and more.


2022 ABA 5K | 8:00 am | Boston Township

Nearly 10,000 participants will take part in the first race of the BAA Distance Medley, covering 3.1 miles through Back Bay. Registration for the BAA 5K was opened to the general public in February. A stellar professional field includes top American and international athletes. Special Olympics Massachusetts, the exclusive fundraising partner of BAA 5K, will field a team of 100 fundraising athletes to provide people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to compete and train in an inclusive and supportive environment. A media space will be located on Boston Common.

One thousand invitation BAA 2022 | 10:30 a.m. | Boylston Street / Boston Marathon Finish Line

The BAA Invitational Mile features some of the world’s top professional milers, as well as school student-athletes from each of the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route.

BAA Relay Challenge 2022 | 1:00 p.m. | Boylston Street between Dartmouth and Clarendon streets

More than 20 colleges and youth programs in Greater Boston will come together for the BAA Relay Challenge. The culmination of a month-long program taught by volunteer coaches, the Relay Challenge features students competing in relays and learning running tips from BAA athletes and coaches.


126th Boston Marathon | Hopkinton to Boston, MA

A group of 30,000 athletes will compete in the 126th Boston Marathon race, covering 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston. The oldest annual marathon in the world celebrates community spirit and the pursuit of sporting excellence each year. A media working room with limited seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.

Departures schedule:

6:00 a.m. ET – Military Walkers

9:02 a.m. ET – Wheelchair Division – Men

9:05 a.m. ET – Wheelchair Division – Women

9:30 a.m. ET – Handcycle and Duo Participants

9:37 a.m. ET – Professional Men

9:45 a.m. ET – Professional Women

9:50 a.m. ET – Para-Athletics Divisions

10:00 a.m. ET – Wave 1

10:25 a.m. ET – Wave 2

10:50 a.m. ET – Wave 3

11:15 a.m. ET – Wave 4

Boston Marathon Mile 27 Post-Race Party hosted by Samuel Adams | 6:30 p.m. | Fenway Park

The Mile 27 Post-Race Party presented by Samuel Adams returns to Fenway Park. Graduating students can enjoy America’s most beloved ballpark, walk the cautionary trail and enjoy refreshments as they cheer on the 26.2-mile conquest. Members of the media can access the post-race evening with their media accreditation.


Boston Marathon Champions Press Conference | 10:00 a.m. | Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

This press conference will feature the 126th Boston Marathon champions and other notable finalists, as well as officials from the Boston Athletic Association.

For the 37th year, John Hancock will be the main sponsor of the Boston Marathon.


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