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Boston Marathon 2003:
Final Instructions

There are a few changes for 2003 that I have included below. Be sure to look over the instructions before race day. -- Justin


Congratulations and welcome to the 107th Boston Marathon! By now you've received your confirmaton with your bib number, along with some marathon details and merchandise information. Please follow the official instructions you received with the BAA materials. Here are a few additional race day details.

Before the race

Wear you bib number and "ChampionChip". Plan on taking the bus from Boston out to Hopkinton on race morning. The buses will whisk competitors with bib numbers from Boston to the high school in Hopkinton in approximately 50 minutes. Use the "T" (MBTA), to get to the busses. Buses will begin loading at 6:30 A.M. and continue until 8:30 A.M. Each bus will leave as soon as it is full.

If you're driving to the start, note that all streets in Hopkinton, will close at 8:30 A.M; the roads between the start and the high school close before 6:00 A.M. Buses will be available for runners dropped off at the Industrial Park on South Street (just off of Route 495) until 8:00 A.M.

Baggage that you want at the finish line, may be placed in the baggage buses which will be set up at the high school.

Most of the competitors will wait, before for the race, at the Athlete Village at the high school, anxiously sipping cups of coffee. The high school has been reserved from volunteers and officials. I have arranged additional accommodations that I hope you can take advantage of.

You are welcome to meet the rest of the racewalkers and friends, prepare your feet, use the WC, keep warm, and relax at the home of Doug, Carol and Eric Pratt. You may arrive as early as necessary. (The Braga's, who have hosted the marathon race walkers for as long as I remember, will be in Arizona.)

The Pratt's home is located a less than 1 kilometer from the high school, and one-half kilometer from Hayden Rowe Street. Their address is 5 Kerry Lane, Hopkinton, MA 01748-1800 (phone 508-497-8884). For those of you who race walked the Boston Marathon last year, the Pratt's home is directly across the street from the Braga's.

Here are directions from the Hopkinton High School to the Pratt's home:

The high school is at the intersection of Grove Street and Hayden Rowe Street. There is a GULF gas station on Hayden Rowe Steet. Walk down Hayden Rowe Street and take the first right onto Robbern Road. Stay on Robbern Road, walk past the first intersection, and continue to the end of Robbern. Then, take a right onto Eastview, walk approximately 50 meters, and take a left onto Kerry Lane. The Pratt's home is the third house down on the left. It's a tan ranch with a colorful mailbox.

I've included a computer generated map with this notice. E-mail users may double-click on the attachment or open the map with a web browser. I also posted the map at the New England Walkers's web site:

map to the braga's and pratt's homes

During the race

During the race, your family and friends can follow all the excitement and action as these you perambulate the 2003 Boston Marathon. Your split times at the 5K points will be e-mailed while the race is in progress. From those times, your family will know when to expect you at the finish.

To follow all the action from the convenience of their computer terminal or cell phone, subscribe to the baa2003 mailing list by sending an e-mail message addressed to:

Leave the Subject line blank. In the body of your message, type:

subscribe baa2003

That's all there is to do. I will delete the mailing list immediately after the Marathon, so you won't end up with a mailbox full of SPAM.

After the race

After the race, you can meet the baggage buses on Boylston Street. Although the finish line will remain "officially" open until 6:00 P.M., you should plan on picking up your baggage before that time. Baggage not picked up by that time may be locked in the BAA office and will not be available until the following morning.

Changing areas will be available. Be sure to remove the "ChampionChip" from your shoe and return it to the appropriate person. (Consider this before you lace the chip onto your shoe.) Volunteers will assist you if necessary. Family members can meet you at the finish at the area at the end of Boylston Street, near the Boston Common.

Those with enough energy may proceed to the official Boston Marathon post race party which includes dancing and entertainment. Light refreshments will be served. It's open to official runners and guests. Tickets are required. (Tremont House Hotel/Empire Ballroom, The Roxy and Matrix.) Free, continuous shuttles will be provided to and from the post-race party from the Westin Hotel, Marriott Copley Place, Back Bay Hilton, Park Plaza Hotel, The Radisson, Mariott Long Wharf, and Swissotel.

Please call me if you have any questions or concerns on the Marathon, housing, transportation, etc.

Here's the list of friends competing in the 2003 Boston Marathon.

Bib # Competitor Group City ST Finish
18056 Danahy, Maureen L. F46 Brookline MA  
18229 Harriman, Bill M56 Tewksbury MA Scratched
18233 Buckley, Dennis J. M55 Marlborough MA  
18301 Gawinski, Edward J. M76 Wilmington DE  
18345 Litt, Erik S. M34 Philadelphia PA  
18348 Holsti, Ole R. M69 Chapel Hill NC  
18519 Attaya, Steve M54 New Orleans LA  
18521 Druckenmiller, Eileen F41 Emmaus PA  
18631 Keating, Bob H. M56 Nashua NH  
18892 Gomes, Gerald F. M70 Delray Beach FL  
19700 Hewitt, Emily C. F58 Washington DC 

As always, I wish all of you the best! -- Justin Kuo


You can reach me at home at 617-731-9889, or at work at 781-774-5410, or by FAX at 786-513-8170. I may also be reached on the course via cellphone at 617-293-9831. My address is 39 Oakland Road, Brookline, MA 02445. In the event of an emergency, you may call New England Walkers member Priscilla Frappier (781-891-0519.)


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This page was last updated Wednesday, April 17, 2003.
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