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Checkpoint: 10 Mile
Place to report: In Natick at 38 Central St. Point is on right side 45 ft. before pole 196-12 (at driveway to white 2 story home)
Team Captain: Justin Kuo
Telephone: 617-731-9889 home; 617-293-9831 nextel
Time to report: 10:00 a.m. for 5km, 5M, 10km, 15km, 10M, 20km and 13.1M
10:30 a.m. for 15M, 25km, 30km, 20M, 35km, 40km and 25M

Note: It is important to report on time for the team captain to assign two person teams, go through all procedures, answer any questions you may have, and give you your volunteer jacket. Be prepared for traffic congestion and leave yourself plenty of time to get to your checkpoint!

Volunteer jacket: Your team captain will distribute all jackets on race day at the checkpoint location.

What to bring: The instructions you are now reading and the recording sheets enclosed (which will be sent to selected individuals only, a stopwatch, clipboard, pencils (#2 soft pencils are recommended, do not use ball-point pen), and a clear plastic bag to put over the clipboard in case of rain. Please wear the volunteer jacket that will be provided to you on race day, dress appropriately for the weather, and wear comfortable shoes. You will be at this location for a while, we suggest you bring lunch and/or other refreshments. Please do not bring children and/or dogs!

Race Day Responsibilities: read attached instructions and:

a. record first 5 bib numbers and times of top wheelchair men call in to (617) 375-9853
b. record first 5 bib numbers and times of top wheelchair women call in to (617) 375-9854
c. record first 15 bib numbers and times of top male runners call in to (617) 375-9851
d. record first 15 bib numbers and times of top female runners call in to (617) 375-9852

When arriving at the checkpoint location, the team captain should call one of the above numbers to test that the cell location is working, and to report any difficulties and/or irregularities at the location. You will also be receiving a test call from the pressroom prior to the race start.

Note: If it absolutely impossible to get through on any of the above lines because of busy signals, please call the information in to (617) 375-9850.

e. record numbers of top 100 men and women
f. record select times until 100th female passes your checkpoint
g. give all information to your team captain, who will bring it to BAA Office.

Note: The team captain may fax all information to the BAA on race day to fax number (617) 236-4505. Please call the BAA office at (617) 236-1725 to verify that your fax has gone through!

We appreciate you sharing your enthusiasm and time again with us this year. Your help and expertise at these checkpoints is vitally important. On behalf of the Boston Athletic Association, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Gloria Ratti (
Checkpoint Coordinator
(617) 236-1652
Dave McGillivray
Race Director
(617) 236-1652


The information collected by the checkpoint team (bib numbers and times) will be used as follows:

    The top 15 numbers and times for both men and women are telephoned in to the press room, where the information is copied onto a wall sized tracking board. The same procedure is followed for the wheelchair information. Approx. 500 members of the press follow the race on giant television screens in the pressroom at The Fairmont Copley Plaza, and use the data on the tracking board for writing their stories. Therefore, speed and accuracy are of utmost importance.

    The top 100 numbers and select times are used for verifying that award winners (and other top finishers) have indeed run the full course. A minimum of seven people is assigned to each checkpoint. Your team captain will assign teams to record wheelchair athlete, male or female bib numbers, or times. Number and Time Sheets are enclosed for recording men (blue), women (pink) and wheelchair (yellow) information.

      One person "calls" out bib numbers, the second person writes them down. Numbers must be written down in the order the runners pass your checkpoint. Note: Please be sure to write down "F" in front of women's numbers. This year the women's open division numbers are F1 through F1 50, and the women's masters' numbers are F201 through F250.

      After recording the top 15 numbers, hand the sheet to your team captain and continue recording through the 1 00th runner. For wheelchairs record top five men and five women only, then give to your team captain. Note: should several of the top 15 athletes be running in a pack (a close group with three or more runners beside and/or behind each other, sometimes obscuring each others number), record them as accurately in order as you can, and note that they are "in a pack". Do not leave out any numbers if possible.

      One person "calls" out the times, the second person writes them down. Times must be written down as the runners pass the exact location of your checkpoint.

      After recording the top 15 times, hand the sheet to your team captain and start recording "select times", i.e., write down the number of a runner coming up to your checkpoint, then add the time when he passes the checkpoint (again, one person calls, the second person writes). Record as many as possible, every fifth or sixth number would be great. For wheelchairs record top five men and five women only, then give to your team captain.

      Once the top 15 numbers and times are recorded, the team captain transposes the times onto the number sheet, while a second volunteer establishes a telephone connection with the pressroom. The team captain then reads both place, bib number and time to the person taking the information in the pressroom. The same procedure is in effect for the top five wheelchair men and women. At the time of calling in, also report any extra-ordinary circumstances that may prevent you from doing your job.

      After 1:15 p.m. (real time) men's information may also be called in on the men's wheelchair telephone number (617-375-9853), and women's information on the women's wheelchair number (617-375-9854). Please make sure to identify that you are calling in information on the OPEN race, NOT the wheelchair race.

      When calling in please state the following:
      1. Your checkpoint location (e.g., 5K, 10 mile)
      2. The division you're calling in (e.g. wheelchair men, men's open)
      3. Bib Number, then time for each runner

    Once the top 100 men and women have been recorded match the bib numbers from Lilt: select timing sheets with those on the bib number sheets, and transpose times onto the bib number sheets. The team captain collects all sheets and is responsible for returning all information to the BAA Office. Please hand deliver on race day to Steve Varieties, Referee, at 131 Clarendon Street, Keith floor, Boston (above the Hard Rock Cafe); or fax to 617-236-4505. Volunteers at the BAA enter all information into a computer program for the adjudication team's use on race day afternoon.


Numbers on front and back are worn by:

Men Open Division numbers 1 - 200  
Men Masters Division numbers 501 - 600  
Women Open Division numbers F1 - F150 make sure to record "F" when writing down numbers
Women Masters Division numbers F201 - F250

NOTE: We have done our best to assign all top athletes within the above number breakdown, however, late entries in any of the above divisions may be numbered between 1000 and 1999, or higher. Please record full number. All numbers have a yellow background!

Wheelchair Men numbers W1 - W100 (white background)
Wheelchair Women numbers W101 - W125 (pink background)

All wheelchair numbers start with a We which is already filled in on your checkpoint sheets. For your information Quad Class athlete numbers have a blue background, however they are anticipated to be farther back in the field and as such would not have to be recorded.

NOTE: Wheelchair athletes will also have the digits of their bib number displayed on their helmets: in front of the helmet (when the athlete is in "tuck "or "racing" position) and on the right and left side of the helmet! The digits will also be posted on the frame of the chair, just in front of the right wheel (visible from the side). The wheelchair women's helmet and chair numbers also will have a pink background.

All bibs display the CITGO name and logo at the top, and 2002 BOSTON MARATHON name and blue logo at the bottom. All official numbers, except for wheelchair participants, this year have a pale yellow background - this is different from previous years.

Timing Information

The team captain will receive the sound of the starting gun through his Nextel phone, both for the wheelchair start at 11:45 a.m., and for the Marathon at 12 Noon. It is important that you start a minimum of two watches at the tones of the Nextel phone (not television or regular radio). If the tone does not come through, please use the time-ofday to start you watches, i.e., 11:45 a.m. and 12 Noon. Tests will be run between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. To be sure that you will be able to hear the tests, please turn your Nextel phone on but do not use it at any time during that period, and from 11:30 until two minutes after the Marathon start! The 5K checkpoint should wait calling in wheelchair splits until after the start tone of the open race at noon! Intermediate count-downs will be given prior to the start, and a person at the starting line will do an "all-call" one minute after the gun to let you know that "it is now one minute after the start".

Nextel Phone

Make sure the batteries of your Nextel phone are fully charged and turn the phone on. Make sure the speaker is ON when pushing button next to on/off button at the top, the screen will display: Group/Prvt Speaker: On. You will be able to hear the tone regardless of the mode your phone is set to. To call in the information you have to turn your Nextel to "phone" mode.


Map showing location of 10-mile checkpoint

map of 10 mile checkpoint

The 10-mile checkpoint is on Rte. 135 at #38 West Central Ave. As the runners travel, it's appoximately 2/10 mile before the Rte. 27 (and the Natick Town Greens and Gazebo.) You may want to park on Summer Street or Middlesex Ave, to allow yourself and easy departure.

Estimated Arrival Time at the 10-mile point

I created this chart from the finish line data from 2001. It show the estimated time that the wheelchairs and runner will pass by the 10-mile checkpoint. I took into consideration the 11:45 AM wheelchair start and the noon time start for the runners.

Gender Bib# TOD 10M FinishTime RankOverall RankOverGender
wc male W3 12:17:30 0:32:30 1:25:12 wc 1 wc 1
wc male W1 12:19:51 0:34:51 1:31:22 wc 2 wc 2
wc male W2 12:20:05 0:35:05 1:31:58 wc 3 wc 3
wc male W8 12:20:07 0:35:07 1:32:05 wc 4 wc 4
wc male W4 12:22:00 0:37:00 1:37:01 wc 5 wc 5
wc female W101 12:28:27 0:43:27 1:53:54 wc 18 wc 1
wc female W102 12:28:28 0:43:28 1:53:58 wc 19 wc 2
wc female W103 12:32:18 0:47:18 2:04:00 wc 24 wc 3
wc female W104 12:32:36 0:47:36 2:04:49 wc 25 wc 4
wc female W106 12:40:50 0:55:50 2:26:22 wc 31 wc 5
male 4 12:49:28 0:49:28 2:09:43 1 1
male 14 12:49:38 0:49:38 2:10:07 2 2
male 16 12:49:46 0:49:46 2:10:29 3 3
male 15 12:50:16 0:50:16 2:11:47 4 4
male 44 12:50:21 0:50:21 2:12:01 5 5
male 10 12:50:36 0:50:36 2:12:41 6 6
male 20 12:50:38 0:50:38 2:12:44 7 7
male 502 12:51:04 0:51:04 2:13:54 8 8
male 19 12:51:11 0:51:11 2:14:13 9 9
male 17 12:51:15 0:51:15 2:14:21 10 10
male 501 12:51:24 0:51:24 2:14:47 11 11
male 3 12:51:31 0:51:31 2:15:05 12 12
male 46 12:51:52 0:51:52 2:16:00 13 13
male 12 12:51:59 0:51:59 2:16:17 14 14
male 8 12:52:16 0:52:16 2:17:02 15 15
female F1 12:54:53 0:54:53 2:23:53 27 1
female F9 12:55:57 0:55:57 2:26:42 36 2
female F5 12:56:11 0:56:11 2:27:18 38 3
female F3 12:56:25 0:56:25 2:27:56 41 4
female F2 12:56:30 0:56:30 2:28:08 42 5
female F10 12:56:46 0:56:46 2:28:50 43 6
female F4 12:56:59 0:56:59 2:29:23 48 7
female F6 12:57:10 0:57:10 2:29:52 50 8
female F12 12:57:28 0:57:28 2:30:39 52 9
female F8 12:57:47 0:57:47 2:31:31 60 1
female F14 12:58:16 0:58:16 2:32:45 64 1
female F7 12:58:38 0:58:38 2:33:43 71 1
female F201 12:59:44 0:59:44 2:36:36 88 1
female F126 12:59:47 0:59:47 2:36:45 89 1
female F101 12:59:57 0:59:57 2:37:12 96 1
male 1288 1:00:08 1:00:08 2:37:40 100 85
male 1112 1:00:39 1:00:39 2:39:01 115 100
female 4084 1:13:22 1:13:22 3:12:22 1882 100

BOSTON MARATHON - Key Point Locations certified splits

START in Hopkinton on East Main St. near WWI statue. The 8 ft. 4 in. wide painted start line is 50 ft. 2 in. E of W tip of grass island, 33 ft. 8 in. W of W edge of concrete base of statue, and 25 ft. 0 in. E of E edge of storm drain on north side of road.
1 K 0.62 mi. - 21.8 ft. before Pole 65 on right Mile 1 In Hopkinton at Peach St. intersection on right side 42 ft. before Peach St. sign and 33 ft. after pole 47 on left side.
2K 1.24 mi. - 15.5 ft. before beginning of driveway to #112 on right, 71.8 ft. before pole 32 on right, and 84.8 ft. before mailbox post to #111 on left
3K 1.86 mi. - 4 ft. after leading edge of Woodland Rd. on right and 30 ft. before pole 2 on right
Mile 2 In Hopkinton on E. Main St. on right side of driveway to residence #272. Point is 58 ft. 6 in. after pole 119
4K 2.48 mi. - In Ashland, just before intersection with Franklin Rd. on left, 5 ft. after pole 89X
Mile 3 In Ashland on Union St. at driveway to residence #66 and 9 ft. before pole 65
5K* 3.1 mi. - In Ashland on Union St. at intersection with exit lane from Voyagers Ln. Point is 13 ft. before easternmost crosswalk line and hydrant on SE corner
6K 3.72 mi. - 3 ft. before first front door to residence # 208 on right, and 13 ft. after pole 31 X on right
Mile 4 In Ashland on Union St. near E side of THREE STAR PLAZA lot. Point is on right side 21 ft. before pole l5
7K 4.35 mi. - at residence 9 13, 29.2 ft. before mile marker post 15/2 on right, and 52.4 ft. before pole 31
8K 4.97 mi. - 9.5 ft. before pole 48 / 1X on left, and 12.5 ft before "Entering Framingham" sign on left
Mile 5 In Framingham on Waverly St., 143 ft. after "Entering Framingham" sign. Point is on right side 13 ft. after pole 129
9K 5.59 mi. - just before entrance to #875 K.C.R. Inc. on left, 9.5 ft. after No Parking sign on right, and 33.8 ft. before pole 99X
Mile 6 In Framingham on Waverly St. Point is on right side at E edge of front door to Waverly Supermarket, and 41 ft. before unmarked pole at crosswalk at Union House Restaurant.
10K* 6.21 mi. - In Framingham on Waverly St. on right side 35 ft. after pole 67X at Stephanini Baking Co.
Mile 7 In Framingham on Waverly St. after Beaver St. intersection. Point is on right side 54 ft. after pole 227-28 at Texaco Station lot.
Mile 8 In Natick on Central St. before Newfield Dr. Point is on right side 14 ft. after pole 121 on left side and even with 2 wooden signs for Deerfield Forest & Natick Condominiums
Mile 9 In Natick on Central St. along guard rail by Lake Cochituate. On right side 34 ft. after pole 196 68 on left side
15K 9.32 mi. - In Natick on Central St. by guard rail and lake. Point is on right side 29 ft. before pole 196-50 on left side.
Mile 10 In Natick at 38 Central St. Point is on right side 45 ft. before pole 196-12 (at driveway to white 2 story home).
Mile 11 In Natick on Central St. Point is on right side even with W face of residence #155 (shingle home set back from road).
Mile 12 In Wellesley on Central St. before the college. Point is on right side 23 ft. before metal light pole 34 on left side.
20K. 12. 43 mi - At Wellesley College beyond traffic light. Point is 8 ft. after metal light pole 27 on left side.
Mile 13 In downtown Wellesley on Central St. on right side and opposite first column to right of door to store #73 (Ann Taylor).
Half Marathon * In downtown Wellesley on Central St. Point is 57 ft. after W curb of Abbott St. and 7 ft. after hydrant on SE corner.
Mile 14 In Wellesley on Washington St. on right side 74 ft. before W curb of Woodlawn Ave.
25K 15.53 mi. - In Wellesley on Washington St. on right side 13 ft. after the E curb line of Hillside Rd., and even with E face of residence #80
Mile 16 In Newton on Washington St. on right side just beyond driveway to residence 42344, and 15 ft. before pole 252.
Mile 17 In Newton on Washington ST. past the Woodland Gold Club entrance. Point is on right side 22 ft. before pole 202 and W edge of driveway to residence #1890.
Mile 18 In Newton on Commonwealth Ave. in intersection of Exeter St. and on right side 16 ft. 6 in. before crosswalk.
30K 18.64 mi. - In Newton on Commonwealth Ave. 2 ft. after E end of white brick house #1230
Mile 19 In Newton on Commonwealth Ave. on right side 24 ft. after metal light pole 1697 on left side
Mile 20 In Newton on Commonwealth Ave. E of Centre St., opposite E end of front door to residence 4615 on left, 20 ft. 3 in. after east edge of B E Co. road cover, 13 ft. before leading edge of single car garage on right, and 40 ft. 4 in. before pedestrian warning sign on right
Mile 21 In Chestnut Hill on Commonwealth Ave. on right side before Old Colony Rd. Point is 15 ft. before center of front door of residence #176 (English Tudor style home).
35K 21.75 mi. - In Brighton on Commonwealth Ave. on line with the W curb of Wade St. and 34 ft. after light pole 1544 at Sunoco Station
Mile 22 In Brighton on Commonwealth Ave. at entrance lane to Chestnut Hill Dr. and at E edge of manhole cover in middle of entrance lane to Chestnut Hill Dr.
Mile 23 In Brookline on Beacon St. at Washington Square, on right side even with W edge of store window to #1 665A (Nail Care Shop)
Mile 24 In Brookline on Beacon St. and after Charles St. Point is on right side 5 ft. before auto entrance to #1265 (big brown brick apartment bldg,)
40K 24.85 mi. - In Boston on Beacon St. on right side at W edge of metal overhead door of shop #839 and 30 ft. E of E curb of Minor St.
Mile 25 In Boston on Beacon St. on the Mass Pike overpass and 5 ft. W of light pole #R-1 7150 on left side.
1 Mile To Go At Kenmore Square on right side at E edge of doors to shop #532 (Baldinis Pizza)
Mile 26 In Boston on left side of Boylston St. opposite the center post between revolving doors on Prudential Center
Finish On Boylston St. at Boston Public Library. Painted strip is 6 ft. 4 in. wide and runners finish on the E edge of strip. Pole # R19959 on N side is 45 ft. 8 in. W of W edge of strip. Back edge of strip aligns with E end of segmented concrete wall on Public Library and with E edge of door to shop #665 (NE Dental Ctr.) on N side.
Other points:
  • Intersection of Washington St. (Rte. 16) and Commonwealth Ave (Rte 30) - 17.45762 mi. even with Washington St. and Commonwealth Ave. traffic signal post
  • Intersection of Hereford St. and Boylston St. - 25.86870 mi. at E edge of water drain. Point is 631.16732 yd. from the finish

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This page was last updated Thursday, April 11, 2002.
Corrections? Contact Justin Kuo (617-731-9889)