Boston MarathonConsider this page your “one-stop-shop” for information pertaining to club participation in the Boston Marathon. The next running of the Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, April 17, 2017.
Boston Marathon Member Profiles
Meet the Wicked members who will be representing the club from Hopkinton to Boston on Marathon Monday!
Allison Rickenbach says:
It’s hard for me to pick one favorite race because there are so many races that stand out in my memory, all for different reasons. That said, my favorite marathon was definitely the 2012 Maine Marathon. I ran my marathon PR there, despite terrible weather conditions, and ran it with a great group of Wicked friends (Dawn Cobak, Sarah Carrier, Alison Phelan, and Nicolle Quinn). We trained together and raced together…the camaraderie was amazing.That camaraderie is exactly what I am looking forward to the most now that I have begun training for Boston. This is the first marathon I have trained for since having a baby, so I am eager to reconnect with my former training partners, particularly for my long runs. Marathon training is all-consuming; it’s almost as if you are taking on an entirely new identity. To have other people to run with, support me, cry with me when the pain starts (HA!), is not only necessary but it’s the best part of marathon training to me.
Kim Muse says:
I am SO excited for this opportunity! It’s funny because I crossed the finish line of my first half marathon in 2013 and said “I will NEVER run a full marathon.” Apparently I’m easily persuaded, because Boston will be my 5th marathon!Chicago has to be my favorite marathon because it was my first and is the race that got me hooked. The entire experience from training to finish line was extremely positive. The crowds, thousands of other runners and entire vibe the city had during the weekend was amazing! I know Boston will be a similar experience!I’m planning to run the Black Cat 20 miler and Eastern States 20 miler as part of my training for Boston. I’ve run both in the past, and they are a BLAST! I’m most looking forward to sharing those long runs with hundreds of other runners, and hope to see some Wicked runners out there too! I also have my fingers crossed that this winter treats us well so I can get out on the roads as much as possible and not spend too much quality time with my treadmill!
Boston Marathon Bus Transportation from the North Shore
Once again, the North Shore Striders will provide transportation for runners officially registered for the Boston Marathon. Two spacious 54-person restroom-equipped buses will deliver marathoners from the North Shore directly to Hopkinton on Monday, April 17, 2017. Please read the bus descriptions carefully as there are important differences. Runners in waves 1 or 2 MUST be on Bus #1.
Full details including pick-up locations and timing are here.
Boston Marathon Mile 17 Gel Stop Opportunity
Each year, the Wicked Running Club is tasked with providing 50 volunteers to hand out gels at the Clif Gel Stop at Mile 17. The approximate time of volunteer duty is 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. due to road closures. Volunteers must be prepared to commit to a variety of weather conditions and be able to lift 25 pounds. Duties include passing gels to runners, setup and breakdown of the stop, and minor crowd control.
Volunteer registration opened on January 4, 2017. An email was sent to current Wicked members with details and information. A limited amount of volunteer space is available. Volunteers must be current Wicked members and available for the full volunteer shift. After registration is open for two weeks to Wicked members, the board will consider opening registration to friends and family of Wicked members.
Your contact for questions is Valerie Mathews.
Boston Marathon Invitational Numbers for Wicked
The Wicked Running Club has received two invitational numbers from the Boston Athletic Association since 2012. The application for interested runners will be posted in October 2016.
Eligible candidates must be active and paid Wicked Running Club members. Application criteria is based upon volunteer service to the club, participation in club events, and participation in club relays and the Wicked Grand Prix Series.
Runners will be selected at the December Board of Directors meeting and announced soon after.