Here’s what happened with the lost buses at the Boston Marathon


“Everything else about the race has been done really well…but maybe print some directions for the bus drivers next time.”

The 125th Boston Marathon begins in Hopkinton on Monday, October 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Things went smoothly on Monday – for a funky Boston Marathon – but one notable hitch was a number of buses that got lost en route to the starting line.

Few of the buses transporting runners from Boston to Hopkinton did not reach the designated drop-off point near the start, Boston Globe mentionedInstead, he dropped people about a mile and a half away on a police-blocked intersection.

The police said to Globe At least eight buses got lost on the way to the starting line, and dozens of runners faced uphill walking before their races began. Although the buses attempted to change lanes, most of the runners returned to the forbidden intersection of Cedar Street and Legacy Farms Inn and had to make the journey.

In addition, some Boston Athletic Association-coordinated buses got lost, but each made it to the starting line on time. BAA spokesperson Chris Lotsbaum told that their bus, operated by Yankee Line, made 350 trips to Hopkinton to bring down the runners, and three of them got out the wrong way.

“The buses were enabled with GPS tracking and radio communications that allowed Yankee Line to ensure that only three buses approached the drop-off site from a different exit in Hopkinton, but were directed to the athletes’ correct Pleasant Street location,” he said. .

In the months leading up to the race, the BAA encouraged all athletes to participate in the official transfer program. Yankee Line drivers are pre-trained for the Boston Marathon with coaching sessions and video mentoring to ensure uniformity in routing.”

With over 15,000 runners, there were other special buses that took the racers to the starting line on the morning of the race. Lotsbom said the BAA does not follow those routes, and it is not clear who operated the other buses.

North Carolina runners John Fventi and Jane Choo were both on the BAA bus, which was late.

“Our bus veered wrong and got off the highway too early,” Vivinti told “Then we got back on the highway heading east, and had to go many miles in the wrong direction before we could get off again and turn around. Luckily someone from my group was from Boston and was able to give directions. We got there eventually, perhaps after An hour and twenty minutes from our departure?”

Although the rolling start was forgiving, Viventi said they ended up passing people over for a while because they started with a later wave. Chu also missed the discretionary starting window – it started around 10:15 a.m. – but said she didn’t mind because it finally worked.

“Our bus first took us to a parking lot where there were other school buses; however, they were all empty except for a few drivers. A few volunteers stared at us in amazement, so we realized we were definitely in the wrong place,” Chu told Some of the other runners on the bus than our driver to take us to the nearby middle school, where we saw a lot of runners and buses. We thought they were dropping a passenger load there but it was actually another bus loading area…our bus ended up after those buses to Hopkinton. The runner seated next to me was holding her phone and telling us we were about 5 miles from where we were supposed to get off. Although we made it! “

In the end, Viventi and Chu praised the organization of the race in general and said they had a great experience. Fifty Been completed In 3,255 places overall with a time of 03:15:28, Chu came in at 9,916 overall with a time of 04:02:39.

“Everything else about the race has been really good,” said Fifenti. “I would like them to keep doing the rolling start. I’ve never tried Athlete’s Village but what we did sounds better than hanging around for hours at first. But maybe print some directions for bus drivers next time.”

“I also loved the rolling start, but I kind of missed Athletes’ Village because it’s part of the Boston experience,” Chu said. “I fully understand the precautions taken by the organizers and appreciate all their efforts! I love this race – the volunteers, the organizers and the spectators are all amazing!”

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