The 2022 Boston Marathon will race into the history books this Monday when over 30,000 fully vaccinated runners race the famous 26 miles and 385 yards to Boston Public Library. US viewers can watch the world's oldest marathon live on NBC and stream it live on Peacock with a 7-day free trial. Make sure you know how to watch a 2022 Boston Marathon live stream from wherever you are with a VPN.
Date: Mon 18th April 2022
Start time: 9.02am ET / 2pm BST / 11pm AEST
Free streams: Peacock 7-day free trial (US )
Watch anywhere: ExpressVPN
UK stream: FloTrack
This year's elite field is comprised of some of the greatest runners on the planet – but not Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele. According to his agent, the second-fastest marathon runner in history is "just not ready". Sisay Lemma, the reigning London Marathon champion will go for glory in Boston, alongside US Olympians Jared Ward and Scott Fauble.
The women’s field features plenty of talent, too. Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Molly Seidel and 2018 Boston Marathon winner Des Linden will represent the USA. They'll be battle Kenyan superstars Peres Jepchirchir and Joyciline Jepkosgei.
Athletics fans in the US can watch free with a Peacock 7-day trial but make sure you know how to get a free Boston Marathon live stream from where you are.
Boston Marathon free live stream
In the US, the Boston Marathon 2022 airs live on NBC Sports. No cable? Cordcutters can stream the action live on Peacock TV – and new users get a 7-day free trial.
Outside the US at the minute? You'll to use a use a VPN to access your Peacock TV account from abroad. Scroll down for full details.
Watch the Boston Marathon 2022: Peacock free 7-day trial
Watch the Boston Marathon, plus live Premier League football, with NBC's streaming service. Subscription to the ad-supported version is just $5 a month thereafter and you can cancel anytime.
You can also watch a Boston Marathon live stream online through FloTrack, which costs $30 a month or $150 a year.
Watch a 2022 Boston Marathon live stream from abroad using a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant 2022 Boston Marathon rights holders, you won't be able to access them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. VPNs are a doddle to use and create a private connection between your device and the internet. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 percent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30 days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.
Try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days
ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money back guarantee with its VPN service. You can use it to watch on your mobile, tablet, laptop, TV, games console and more. There's 24/7 customer support and three months free when you sign-up. Try it – you'll be surprised how simple it is.
How to use a VPN to watch the Boston Marathon
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend.
2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. For the 2022 Boston Marathon, you may wish to choose 'US' for Peacock TV.
3. Then head over to Peacock on your browser or device and enjoy the Boston Marathon live stream.
Watch a Boston Marathon live stream in the UK
In the UK, sports fans can stream the 2022 Boston Marathon live on FloTrack. Subscription to the athletics streaming service costs $30 (£23) a month or $150 (£115) a year.
Boston Marathon 2022 start times
8:02am ET – Men's Push Rim Wheelchair
8:05am ET – Women's Push Rim Wheelchair
8:30am ET – Handcycles and Duos 8:30am
8:37am ET – Elite Men
08:45am ET – Elite Women
8:50am ET – ParaAthletics
9:00am ET – Rolling Start for all Participants
Boston Marathon 2022 course
Start on Main Street, Hopkinton
Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley
Route 16 through Newton Lower Falls to Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill Avenue
Commonwealth Avenue (inbound)
Finish in Copley Square, near the John Hancock Tower.
The famous Heartbreak Hill comes in mile 22.
There is then an official post marathon party in Fenway Park.
See a full map of the 2022 Boston Marathon course on the official site here.
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