Here's how to track a friend or any runner competing in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17, 2017.
First, don't forget the many phone apps (like Apple's Find My Friends) that let you locate people. If your runner is carrying a smartphone or an Apple Watch and sets the device to allow you to track him or her, you can use it to follow their location during the race. What's more, you can use it to meet up in the crowded family area after they have finished their run.
Mobile Phone Alert System
The Boston Athletic Association has set up the AT&T Athlete Alert program. It allows you to receive updates on a runner’s progress. Here’s how to sign-up!
Where are the Leaders & Crowd Favorites?
For a rough idea of where the race leaders are in relation to your viewing position, you can always watch the sky for the helicopters that hover above them.
For favorites, you must rely on the roar of the crowd as they approach. Or you can track your favorite by using the mobile alert system.
Related Posts: A collection of tips for Marathon Weekend, some are from past years and we'll be updating them between now and Marathon Monday.
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Words: Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2011 Penny Cherubino