Sunday, April 14, 2019

Boston Marathon Expo Gathers Running’s Biggest Names on Race Weekend

Boston Marathon Expo Gathers Running’s Biggest Names on Race Weekend

More than 130 brands from around the world will showcase the latest in running and wellness to 100,000 expected visitors.

Friday, April 12, 2019 – Today marks the opening of the 41st annual Boston Marathon Expo, held on the weekend of the world’s most celebrated road race. In what began as the world’s first running-focused trade show in 1979, this weekend’s Boston Marathon Expo is expected to host 100,000 guests from around the world, including nearly 30,000 runners who will compete in the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15.

Held at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay, the Boston Marathon Expo features engaging experiences for participants who will pick up their bib number and race t-shirt, and interactive displays and activations for their fans and the general public to enjoy. The Expo is open today at 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and re-opens on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Boston Marathon Expo has been proudly organized by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) and Conventures since its inception in 1979. The Boston Marathon is the longest consecutively run marathon in the world, run since 1897 by the B.A.A. 

With photo opportunities, product showcases, and the latest innovations in the running and wellness world, the Boston Marathon Expo is a marquee experience in a runner’s journey to becoming a Boston Marathon finisher. It also fuels a large economic boost to the Greater Boston Area. In recent years, the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) has produced economic impact reports which estimate that the Boston Marathon injects more than $200 million into the Boston economy. The Expo is located just steps from the Boston Marathon Finish Line, Fan Fest in Copley Square, and the MBTA Green Line.

This year’s Boston Marathon Expo again features two days of education with the Boston Marathon Runner Seminar Series. On Saturday and Sunday, guests can hear from race champions like Joan Benoit Samuelson, Meb Keflezighi, Bobbi Gibb, Amby Burfoot, and journalists from the New York Times, NBC Sports Boston, Shape Magazine, and more. Area coaches and race veterans will share tips, stories, guidance that range from meditation to self-defense, injury prevention and course previews.

The Expo is open to the media, and a race media credential is not required for entry.

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