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How to watch the Boston Marathon live on TV or on the Internet

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Boston Marathon

Olympic marathon medalist and Waltham native Deena Kastor will cover the race with the WBZ-TV team.

Runners make their way to the finish line of the 121st Boston Marathon in Boston. AP Photo / Charles Krupa, File

On October 11, hundreds of thousands of spectators will line up the Boston Marathon course from Hopkinton to Back Bay to see tens of thousands of runners give their all. If you don’t want to deal with traffic and crowds, but still want to stay on top of the race, you’re in luck. There are plenty of ways to keep tabs on the 2021 Boston Marathon from the comfort of your home.

Here’s what you need to know to watch the marathon live:

First up, here’s when the race starts:

The first departure time is 8:02 am, for runners with reduced mobility. You can check out the full list of start times here.

If you want to watch the race on TV …

Local coverage will be available on WBZ-TV (CBS). Pre-race coverage begins with WBZ This Morning at 4:30 a.m., and race coverage will begin at 8:00 a.m. Olympic marathon medalist and Waltham native Deena Kastor will cover the race alongside Lisa Hughes and Toni Reavis. CBS will rebroadcast the race at 8 p.m. on myTV38.

Live national coverage will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports app from 7:30 a.m. to noon. A prime time replay of the race will be broadcast on the Olympic Channel at 8 p.m.

For program and channel information, check your local listings.

If you want to listen to the race on the radio …

WBZ NewsRadio 1030 will begin coverage at 8:30 a.m. Jeff Brown and Sharon Barbano will host the coverage, and there will be a team of reporters along the route.

You can also listen to the coverage on the iHeartRadio app.

If you want to broadcast the race live …

CBSBoston.com will be broadcasting coverage starting at 8:00 a.m. Their team will also have a camera attached to the finish line starting around 11:15 a.m.

If you are outside of New England (or if your company’s computer servers are outside of New England) you will not be able to see the elite portion of the race, from approximately 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CBSBoston.com’s online streaming rights end at the New England border for this portion of the race.


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