BOSTON (CBS) – Early morning downpours will not delay the start of the Boston Marathon, said the Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association, Jack Fleming, to WBZ-TV.
Clock: Boston Marathon Weather Forecast
Thunder, lightning and torrential rain fell around 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. from Hopkinton to Boston. That forced the State Police to stop the convoy of buses that took the runners to the starting line on the Mbadachusetts Turnpike. They waited at the rest stop in Framingham for the bad weather to pbad before continuing on to Hopkinton just before 8 a.m.
Wave one of the runners and B.A.A. the volunteers who were already in Hopkinton at the start of the storms were forced to wait inside the Hopkinton schools until it was safe to leave.
The runners in waves 2, 3 and 4 were held in the Boston Common Parking Garage until the BAA received the approval of the Hopkinton authorities.
Storms should clear Hopkinton around 8 a.m. and Boston at 9 a.m.
The first athletes to start the race, the men's wheelchair division, are still scheduled to start at 9:02 a.m.
The first wave is scheduled to leave Hopkinton at 10:02 a.m., just after the male elite runners.
Here are the official start times:
|Wheelchair for men||9:02 a.m.|
|Wheelchair for woman||9:04|
|Handcycles / duos||9:25|
|Wave 4||Follow wave 3|