It's Almost Time For #Boston126!

We can't wait to welcome you to Boston for the historic 126th Boston Marathon. In this week's newsletter we feature ten reminders on what to expect (and how to plan) for a successful race day.

We wish you safe travels, and can't wait to cheer you on Monday!
10 Reminders for a Successful Race Weekend
1) Bib Pick-Up: By now you should have received an email with information on how to claim your Digital Number Pick-Up Pass. You will bring that pass (either printed or on your mobile device) during Expo hours to receive your official bib number. If you have not received your Pass, please visit the Athlete Services desk at the Expo.

2) Wear Your Bib: Wear your bib on the outermost layer of clothing and make sure it’s clearly visible at all times! REMEMBER: Bib numbers are not transferable nor exchangeable. No one else may wear your bib number.

3) Explore the Expo: After getting your bib number, explore this year's expo featuring sponsor booths and the largest adidas Boston Marathon store in history!
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10 Reminders for a Successful Race Weekend
4) Boston Marathon Fan Fest presented by Amazon: Stop by Copley Square Park from Friday through Sunday for Boston Marathon Fan Fest presented by Amazon featuring live bands, chats with professional athletes, photo ops, activities, and more! A complete schedule can be found here

5) Download the B.A.A. Racing App: Download the all-new B.A.A. Racing App powered by TCS! Your biggest fans can track your progress along the course from Hopkinton to Boston.

6) Gear Check & Transportation: On race morning, gear check will be available on Berkeley and Boylston Streets. Only the clear plastic bag provided at bib pick-up will be accepted. Once you've dropped your gear off, head to Charles Street in Boston Common to catch the bus out to Hopkinton. Bus loading is by bib color, and you will not be allowed to load before your designated time. Please arrive at the time indicated on your gear check label, which you'll receive at bib pick up. Masks are mandatory on all transportation.
Vaccine Verification Reminder and COVID Updates
All entrants of the Boston Marathon must provide proof of vaccination in order to participate in the race. If you did not submit proof through CrowdPass, you must bring proof of vaccination with you to Boston to pick up your bib.

The B.A.A. strongly encourages everyone practice personal responsibility for the 126th Boston Marathon and B.A.A. 5K. From guests traveling with athletes to spectators cheering on participants, everyone is encouraged to take efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, anyone who develops any symptoms must avoid public activity except for going to get a COVID-19 test.

Masks will be required on Boston Marathon official buses and in all medical tents. Masks will be available across various locations associated with the Boston Marathon and Patriots' Day weekend activities.
How Much Protein Do Runners Need?
Strength athletes have long hailed protein’s benefits. But endurance runners, not so much. As it turns out though, protein is just as important for distance runners as it is for weightlifters — aiding in tissue repair, exercise recovery, injury prevention, immune function and the production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells.

Check out some tips on how to meet your protein needs from experts at healthcare company Abbott, title sponsor of the Abbott World Marathon Majors.

1. Regularly eat whole foods.
2. Consume protein throughout the day, not just at one meal.
3. Focus on energy-efficient protein sources, including lean meats, low-fat dairy and eggs.
4. Get protein in your body within an hour of finishing a workout.
Enter to Win a Boston Marathon Prize Pack / OnePlus 10 Pro
The newest android flagship device, the OnePlus 10 Pro, launched on March 31 and is off to the races with the Boston Marathon. Visit our Boston Marathon hub to access the OnePlus Unicorn Instagram filter, check out exclusive Marathon content, and enter to win the new 10 Pro with a Custom Boston Marathon case, so you can capture every marathon moment.
10 Reminders for a Successful Race Weekend
Start Area
7) Athletes' Village & The Start: Upon arriving in Hopkinton, you can use facilities, grab water, and stretch. Race officials will provide directions within Athletes' Village, and announce when it is your turn to depart for the start. It is a .7 mile walk to the start line from Athletes' Village.

8) What's On Course: Poland Spring Water and Lemon Lime Gatorade Endurance Formula stations will be set up at every mile along the course beginning at mile two. Stations will be on both sides of the road. Three Maurten Hydrogel Depots will be located at mile 11.8 on the Wellesley town line; mile 17 in Newton; and at mile 21.5 just after Boston College. Maurten’s Gel 100 (non-caffeinated) and Gel 100 CAF 100 (caffeinated) will be available at all three locations. 26 medical stations will be located along the course staffed with a variety of medical professionals.

9) Family Meeting Area: Prior to starting your race, be sure to make a plan with loved ones on where and when to reunite post-race. The Family Meeting area is located on Stuart Street between Berkeley and Clarendon Streets, and will be labeled by last name.

10) HAVE FUN! We're excited for you to take part in the 126th Boston Marathon, and can't wait to present you the iconic unicorn medal at the finish line! 
Aiming for an Age Group Award? Earn a Ticket to the VIP Party
New for 2022, age group award winners who place in the top 3 of their divisions will be invited to a special VIP Post-Race Party at Fenway Park on race evening! At this party, you and a guest will toast to your success alongside members of the Boston Marathon professional field, and you’ll receive your age group award. Details will be sent to all age group podium finishers following the race on April 18.
Join adiclub Today
Looking to bring your 2022 Boston Marathon weekend experience this year to the next level? Join adiclub today for exclusive adidas opportunities only available at the 2022 Boston Marathon, including:
  • A chance to win 1 of 6 signed 2022 Boston Marathon Celebration Jackets
  • Exclusive adidas Expo booth Meet & Greets
  • Meet some of the Original 8 Women Runners from the 1972 race on Saturday, April 16 at 3pm
  • Meet adidas athlete partner and 2022 Boston Marathon Runner, Chris Nikic on Sunday, April 17 at 3pm
  • Celebration Jacket customization experience at the adidas store at Fan Fest
See Something, Say Something
Please remember, "If you see something, say something" by immediately contacting a nearby law enforcement officer, event staff, or volunteer if something seems out of the ordinary. To learn more about the See Something Say Something campaign, click here.
Racing Advice from Coach Carroll
The 126th Boston Marathon is LESS THAN ONE WEEK away! B.A.A. High Performance Team coach Mark Carroll has some great advice as you begin to visualize your performance on race day. Click the button below to view his advice on the official @BostonMarathon Instagram!
Help Our Boston Marathon Medical Committee
Our Boston Marathon Medical Committee is committed to providing medical support to ensure participants’ health and safety. Prior to race day, we ask that you securely share your medical information through RaceSafe by completing this voluntary, brief questionnaire relating to your medical history. 

The medical information provided by all athletes will be referenced only by the designated Marathon Medical Team in the case of injury/illness requiring medical attention on April 18.
Information provided will be stored in an encrypted, HIPAA-compliant system, that is not shared or utilized for any other purpose and bears no impact on one's acceptance to participate in the 2022 Boston Marathon. Participation is voluntary, but please know this information may be lifesaving in the event of a medical emergency. Thank you for helping keep the Boston Marathon as safe as possible.
Take Part in a Boston Marathon Sports Medicine Research Study
You are invited to participate in the sports medicine research study “Energy Availability, Health, and Performance among Boston Marathon 2022 Athletes” survey: available at this link, before Marathon Monday. Study participation is voluntary, and involves a confidential, brief (15-minute) survey to help the sports medicine community better understand the health issues facing endurance athletes. Dr. Kristin Whitney, Dr. Kate Ackerman, and the research team at the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital (a Harvard Medical School academic hospital) are leading this research initiative with the goal of better supporting health and performance in the marathoner community. This survey asks questions about dietary habits, basic health, injury history, training routines, and running goals. For those who consent to participate, confidential survey responses will be compared with athlete health and performance results, with the aim of understanding how pre-race factors may affect marathoners’ outcomes. All information will be fully confidential, de-identified, and used for research purposes only.
Helpful Links
Private Sam Adams Brewery Tour
To celebrate the beloved tradition of the Boston Marathon, Samuel Adams is hosting private tours for runners and their families to join us at the Boston Brewery (30 Germania St) for a unique look into how our beer is made. Enjoy a fresh pint of 26.2 Brew as one of our guides walks you through our brewhouse and then head into the tasting room for an exclusive R&D tasting!
In addition, runners who show their bib from this year’s 126th Boston Marathon will receive their own complimentary Marathon pint glass at either of our Boston locations starting Thursday 4/14 until supplies last. Exclusively available at our Boston Brewery and Downtown Taproom, cans of 26.2 Brew will be released on Wednesday 4/13.
Follow us @SamuelAdamsBeer @SamAdamsBostonBrewery and @SamAdamsBostonTaproom to celebrate all weekend long with us!
If all the Marathon Tours are sold out at the time of booking, you can use the code MARATHON50 for a 50% discount on another tour experience.
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