Massachusetts > Allstate Boston 13.1 Marathon
Boston, MA • Sunday, September 15, 2013 • Course Map • Series Calendar
After its inaugural running in the summer of 2010, the race organizers for the 13.1 Half Marathon series took their Boston race off the schedule for 2011 but brought it back for 2012, with a new date for the race -- moving it back from June to September -- and a redesigned course that takes runners along the waterfront of Massachusetts Bay for most of the race, along a mostly fast and flat course.
Just over 1,200 runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon at the race's last running in September 2012 and organizers are expecting as many or more runners this year.
Runners will start and finish the out-and-back course for the race at Suffolk Downs, the thoroughbred horse racing track that lies just north of Logan International Airport and is the home of the annual Massachusetts Handicap race (and where once, decades ago, the famed horse Seabiscut raced).
From the starting line along Tomesello Way, runners then head north for the first mile toward the southern end of Revere Beach, where they'll turn right and head south onto Revere Beach Road. The next couple of miles unfold taking runners south into Winthrop, a small community that's a suburb of nearby Boston located on the peninsula near the airport, looking out onto Boston Harbor. Runners make a loop around Shirley Street, Seafoam Avenue and Winthrop Shore Drive before heading back north toward Revere Beach, where they'll start a long, out-and-back stretch along the oceanfront.
Runners will get to see the beach and the waves coming in from the ocean for virtually all of the next eight miles of the half marathon, as the course takes runners all the way north through Revere to the Point of Pines neighborhood. Here the course makes a loop around the point along Huntington Avenue, Rice Avenue and Lynnway before heading back onto Revere Beach Road for the return route south, but not before giving runners nearly a 360-degree view of the point all the way around.
The next stretch of the race covers ground runners will already have run, as they make their way back along Revere Beach Road all the way south to the southern end of the beach again, and then make the right onto Tomesello Way to head back in to the finish line at Suffolk Downs.
Weather & Climate
Known for its often harsh, cold and windy weather in the winter, Boston thankfully enjoys much warmer and milder weather in the summer and early fall, and relatively even precipitation throughout the year.
In September, average monthly temperatures range between 57°F and 73°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.4 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Sept. 15), the average low is 57°F and the average high is 73°F.
View the race route map for the 13.1 Boston Half Marathon
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To reserve your spot in the late summer/early fall 2013 running of East Boston's 13.1 Boston Half Marathon or Karhu 5K race, register online at Active.com.
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