Boston Midnight Marathon Ride Details (2012)

 

 

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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. This ride is BYOB (Bring your own bike!).

No bike? No problem! Rent a bike with our friends at Hubway Bike Share or UrbanAdventours!

  • Rent a Hubway bicycle for FREE! (members only)  If you're a member of Boston's Hubway bike share program (www.theHubway.com), you can have your usage fee reversed for the night! Just find the Hubway guys at South Station before the ride! Not a member? It's currently discounted by $35, so it's the perfect time to join!
  • Rent a lighter bike with speedy gears at Urban Adventours for 10% off 24-hour rentals! Call Urban Adventours(http://www.UrbanAdventours.com/) ahead of time (617.670.0637), and mention the Midnight Marathon Ride for discount! 

Important Notes

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

Ride Preparation:

  • Directions: Please print and bring the cue sheet and/or load the route onto your smartphone! (more info below)
  • Flat Repair Preparedness: It sucks to be stranded, so at the VERY LEAST, BRING A SPARE TUBE, portable pump 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! 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!
  • Water/snacks: Bring at least a couple bottles of water and some tasty food snacks of your choice. This is nearly 30 miles and it's not like you're going to find many places open at this hour to buy water/food 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. If you have urgent, non-emergency questions during the ride, send a tweet to @BikeBosMarathon. If you don't have a smart phone with the Twitter app, you can access Twitter via regular txt messages.
  • Emergency Exit: If you don't have someone who is reachable in the middle of the night to pick you up, get a taxi-finding app like this one for iPhone; if you don't have a smart phone, add a taxi-finding service like 1-800-TAXI-CAB to your address book. Of course, if it's a REAL emergency (broken leg, for example), you should call 911.
  • Weather: It's up to you whether to come out or not, but we're going unless there's thunder and lightning and hail. And asteroids.
  • Cost: Your commuter rail ticket is less than $7.00, but you need to purchase it before early boarding time at 10:15pm.
  • Getting Home: Please figure out how you're getting home since the T doesn't start operation till after 5am. Maybe you'll eat grub at the diner by South Station, maybe you'll bike home, maybe you'll have already parked downtown so you can drive home; whatever you're doing, have a plan in advance. You'll be tired, and it'll get chilly at 3am. If you rode a Hubway bike, you can just return the bike and call a cab.
  • Availability: There is limited space on the train, but so far, every year the MBCR has miraculously accomodated everyone. There is a small possibility there won't be enough space; if you're concerned about that, try for the 6pm departure first.

During the Ride:

  • Your Safety: Be smart. Obey road laws. Wear reflectors and a helmet. Bring a fully charged light to guide your way in darker spots.
  • 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 250 people showed up with bikes ranging from road bikes, fixed gears, and dutch three-speeds, so you can expect several paces to choose from. If you see someone struggling to keep up, please don't leave them behind if they're alone! 


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


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...

Purchase Your Ticket

This year, you can purchase a regular Zone 6 ticket from any electronic station.

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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 commuter rail ticket in advance ($6.75 cash or credit) to Southborough (Zone 6) on the 11pm Framingham/Worcestor line from one of the automated machines at South Station or any T station with an automated ticket machine. The South Station 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.

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  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.

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  1. Arrive at South Station with bike between 5:00 and 5:30pm. 
  2. Purchase a commuter rail ticket in advance ($6.75 cash or credit) to Southborough (Zone 6) on the 11pm Framingham/Worcestor line from one of the automated machines at South Station or any T station with an automated ticket machine. The South Station ticket desk will be closed at this hour. You can find an extra machine downstairs towards the subway area.
  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:

We'll be following the official Boston Marathon Route, and recommend that you download and print our very own BostonSoS Midnight Marathon Ride cue sheet and bring it with you.

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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And if you have a smartphone, you can download the Urban Adventours "I bike Boston" iPhone/Android app onto your phone to follow the route with GPS on your phone! Just search for "Urban Adventours" in the App/Play Store and install!

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