BAA execs update Select Board on logistics for Boston Marathon

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Tom Grilk and Jack Fleming from the Boston Athletic Association paid a visit to Tuesday’s Select Board meeting to thank the town and share details about the Oct. 11 Boston Marathon.

“Without Hopkinton, there is no Boston Marathon,” said Grilk, BAA president and CEO. “That’s been true for a very long time. We have had the opportunity to work even more closely than normal with everyone this year, because this is the first time that a marathon has been held in a pandemic. I think the only thing that hasn’t changed is the roads upon which people will run. Pretty well everything else is different one way or another.”

Grilk said he looks at this year’s race as “an opportunity of ours to help with the reopening of society and the economy.”

Fleming explained that Hopkinton Middle School will be used for staging, but the athletes will not congregate there as they normally do before the race. After the elite runners, wheelchair competitors and other special divisions are underway, the open field of runners will have a rolling start beginning at 9 a.m. Runners will be bused in and dropped off at the middle school, then they will immediately head down Grove Street, turn right onto Main Street, and cross the start line for their trek to Boston.

“We will keep them moving,” Fleming promised.

He added that roads near the center of town will close at 6:30 a.m. and reopen at 1:30 p.m. The last runners are scheduled to cross the start line at 11:30 a.m. and should be out of town by noon, at which point the cleanup process will get underway.