2011 Boston Midnight Marathon Ride Details

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Before participating, read through this COMPLETELY!

Not tough enough to run a 26 mile marathon, but awesome enough to bike it the night before? Then join the Boston Midnight Marathon Bike Ride, instigated by Greg Hum and BostonSOS! This ride is 'show and go'; no "leaders", just come and ride the route with each other!

Since the Boston Marathon's start/finish lines and fancy mile markers will be set up, you'll feel just like you're running the marathon, except without all that silly cheering and running. If you don't have a bike, you can rent one from a place like Urban Adventours (http://www.urbanadventours.com/)


Alternate Early Bird Option: Even though Monday is a holiday in Massachusetts, some of us still have to get up early, so we encourage anyone who isn't up for staying up late to take the earlier train to Southborough at 6pm (instead of the 11pm) and ride in earlier. You might even catch some sunlight on the way in. This is also a safer option is you're worried about space, as the train can only fit about 150 bikes. See Early Bird Itinerary further on...

 

Midnight Itinerary via Train

  1. RSVP on Facebook or, if you're not on Facebook, the event page on this site.
  2. 2010-cyclists-at-south-station-2If you are driving into the city, park in one of the 24 hour garages near Copley Square (which is the finish line of the route).
  3. Arrive at South Station with bike between 9 and 9:30pm. Arrive by 10pm if you purchased your commuter train ticket in advance.
  4. Purchase a ticket ($6.75 cash or credit) to Southborough on the 11pm Framingham/Worcestor line from one of the automated machines. The ticket desk will be closed at this hour. You can find an extra machine downstairs towards the subway area.
  5. Be ready to board by 10:15pm. Have your ticket ready. We are being boarded early- it's the only way to ensure we can get everyone on. The train MUST leave at 11pm. It's first come first serve, so DON'T BE LATE!
  6. The train will arrive in Southborough at 12:01. (Commuter Rail Schedule: http://bit.ly/9Thmlo). Here we will meet up with people being dropped off by car. At 12:15am we will head towards the starting line.
  7. Ride 3.2 miles from Southborough Station to the Boston Marathon Starting Line in Hopkinton, MA- about a 20 minute ride. See the map below for the route.
  8. Ride 26 Miles, 385 yards to the Finish Line in Copley Square, Boston Ma. (Depending on your group's pace, this could take you anywhere from 2 to 3.5 hours)
  9. Celebrate your awesomeness.

Midnight Itinerary via Car2010-bikes-on-the-T

  1.  RSVP on Facebook or, if you're not on Facebook, the event page on this site.
  2. If you're driving from the Boston area instead of taking the train, make sure your driver leaves around 11pm.
  3. You can follow this route to get to the Southborough commuter rail station.
  4. Meet with the cyclists on the midnight train and leave with the group to the Marathon starting line at 12:15am.
  5. Ride 3.2 miles from Southborough Station to the Boston Marathon Starting Line in Hopkinton, MA- about a 20 minute ride. See the map below for the route.
  6. Ride 26 Miles, 385 yards to the Finish Line in Copley Square, Boston Ma. (Depending on your group's pace, this could take you anywhere from 2 to 3.5 hours)
  7. Celebrate your awesomeness. 
  8. Bike home, get picked up by a friend, or wait 2 to 3 hours for the MBTA to open back up.

Early Bird Itinerary via Train2010-lots-of-cyclists

  1. Arrive at South Station with bike between 5:00 and 5:30pm. 
  2. Purchase a ticket ($6.75) to Southborough on the 6pm Framingham/Worcestor line from one of the automated machines. The ticket desk may be closed at this hour.
  3. The train will arrive in Southborough at 7:02PM. (Commuter Rail Schedule: http://bit.ly/9Thmlo). Here you may meet up with people being dropped off by car. At 7:15pm head towards the starting line.
  4. Ride 3.2 miles from Southborough Station to the Boston Marathon Starting Line in Hopkinton, MA- about a 20 minute ride. See the map below for the route.
  5. Ride 26 Miles, 385 yards to the Finish Line in Copley Square, Boston Ma. (Depending on your pace, this could take you anywhere from 2 to 3.5 hours)
  6. Celebrate your awesomeness! And look! You made it back to the city before the subway and busses stopped (and bars closed...)

Course Maps & Cue Sheet:

Click the map below to view the finish line close-up and to access the full resolution Official Boston Marathon course map as a PDF.

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The entire bike route is available from MapMyRide.com, which has detailed data on the ride- like this pretty chart showing the elevation of the ride from start to finish. Click it to see the route at MapMyRide.

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-> We also highly recommend you download and print the Cue Sheet.

Important Notes

Even though we're "organizing" this event, please know that you will be responsible for the following:

  • Your Safety: Be smart. Obey road laws. Wear reflectors and a helmet. Bring a fully charged light to guide your way in darker spots.
  • Directions: Print and bring the map.
  • Flat Repair Preparedness: It sucks to be stranded, so at the VERY LEAST, bring a spare tube and/or patch kit. If you have them, bring some tire levers/pump or plan to stick with a friend/friends who has one and knows how to change a flat!
  • Water/snacks: Bring at least a couple bottles of water. This is nearly 30 miles and it's not like you're going to find many places open at this hour to buy water from.
  • Emergency Contact: Ensure your phone is fully charged. Let your friends know where you will be. Stay with the group or a biking buddy.
  • Getting Home: Please figure out how you're getting home since the T doesn't start operation till after 5am
  • Weather: It's up to you whether to come out or not, but we're going unless there's thunder and lightning and hail.
  • Cost: Your commuter rail ticket is less than $7.00, but you need to purchase it before early boarding time at 10:15pm. 
  • Pace: As fast or fun as you please. Bring your friends so you can ride with them, or make friends at the station with people who like to go at your pace. 26 miles is a lot to run, but is pretty doable in three hours on a bike if you're used to riding everywhere. Most of the route (except for that hill towards the end) is slightly downhill. 
  • Sticking together: This is a group ride, but naturally, people will split because of pacing. Last year over 50 people showed up with bikes ranging from road bikes, fixed gears, and dutch three-speeds, so you can expect several paces to choose from.
  • BRING A SPARE TUBE. Again, in the event of a flat tire, you'd be doing yourself a huge favor by stopping by your favorite bike shop picking up the right size tube for your tires, just in case. You don't want to be stranded with an unusable bike at 2 in the morning with no one to get you home. Don't expect a taxi to be available with a bike rack. Be prepared!


You are welcome to meet up with us anywhere along the way and part ways wherever and whenever you please.