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Christine Luff

How to Watch the Boston Marathon

By April 16, 2014

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The 118th Boston Marathon runs on Monday, April 21 (Patriots' Day in Massachusetts) and if can't make it to Beantown to be part of the excitement, you can still catch live coverage on television or online.

The race kicks off at 9:32 a.m., with the elite women start. The elite men and first of four waves follow at 10:00 a.m. Here are your options for watching it:

On TV: The race will be televised live locally in Boston on WBZ-TV (Channel 4), with coverage starting at 7:00 a.m. Universal Sports Network will have coverage from 8:30 am to 1:00 p.m. If you don't know if you get Universal Sports, go to their website and enter your zip code and cable provider to find out what channel to watch.

Online: The 2014 Boston Marathon will be streamed live online for free at http://watchlive.baa.org/ starting at 9:30 a.m. ET.

To track your family and friends:

You can get your runner's race splits every 5K on the Boston Marathon website. The AT&T Athlete Alert will send subscribers text messages or email alerts when your runner reaches the following points: start, 10K, half marathon, 30K, and finish . Just make sure you have your runner's bib number when you register.

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