Vehicular access to the marathon route (Waverly Street/Rt. 135) will be completed closed in Framingham from approximately 8:45am to 2pm. Many businesses in Downtown Framingham are open all day, though those along the route are only pedestrian accessible. Note: Framingham is near the beginning of the race (miles 5 to 8) so get there early to not miss any action. The first racers leave Hopkinton at 9am. B.A.A. Spectator information indicates that the optimal times for Framingham are:
9:35 am Lead Men & Women in the Wheelchair race
10:00 am Elite Women Runners
10:30 am Elite Men Runners + First Wave More spectator information from the B.A.A.
Good Spots for Viewing
Anywhere along Waverly Street/Rt. 135 is great for watching the Marathon in Framingham. If you like the buzz of a crowd atmosphere, go to Downtown (intersection of Routes 135 & 126), or the area around Columbus Square (Route 135 and Fountain Street). If you prefer some elbow room, park on a side street and walk to one of the less populated sections outside of Downtown.
Downtown Framingham Six Mile Moment
Framingham Downtown Renaissance organizes an annual event with MediaBoss to celebrate the "Six Mile Moment". In addition to bands and activities, many shops and restaurants in Downtown Framingham hold special race-day events and promotions. For more information: http://www.fdrms.org/marathon-fest/