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Hopkinton: 2018 Marathon Spectacular Brunch & Fundraiser to Benefit the 26.2 Foundation
April 16, 2018 @ 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT$20
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RAIN or SHINE! Don’t miss the best Marathon Party in Hopkinton!
Yes! We have party tents, food, music, activities, and more – plus FREE COFFEE – all under cover. Stay dry and have a great time while you celebrate the big day with us. Rainy Day special on gate tickets during the event – now just $20 each, all for a great cause.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to buy your tickets online, or buy them at the gate.
Join us on Patriots Day at the 1-mile marker for the Marathon for the First Annual Marathon Spectacular! Here at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton we have always had the prime viewing spot for the big race, and this year we’d love to share it with you.
Proceeds are going to benefit the 26.2 Foundation in their mission to promote the sport of marathoning, as they rally the community and kick off planning and construction of an International Marathon Center in the town of Hopkinton.
The race starts early and we’ll be here for brunch! Enjoy live music, coffee, breakfast trucks, and pastries, all at the best spot in town to cheer on the runners.
We’ll keep the party going through the morning and into the afternoon with local food trucks, activities for kids and adults, raffles and prizes, plus beer, wine, and mimosas. Walk around, see the sights, relax under our big tent, and rock out to some excellent bands.
$20 in Advance
25 $20 at the Event
Kids 12 & under: FREE
Beer & wine tickets: $5.00 each
Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee: Free!
Food trucks: Priced Individually
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band
The UMASS Amherst Doo Wop Shop
Steve Smith and The Nakeds
Hot Acoustics With Steve Spector
We HIGHLY recommend you purchase your tickets in advance and plan to arrive before 7:00am! Many roads are closed in this area and access to the event is restricted. Your ticket gets you a pass through the local security checkpoints when you access the event. You’re also welcome to walk here along the new sidewalk on East Main Street / Route 135, but please be mindful of security along the road. Once the Marathon ends and the roads open, everyone can come and go as they like (though we hope you will stay!).
We’re grateful to the following local businesses and organizations for making this event happen:
Marty’s Fine Wines
Start Line Brewing
Ryan O’Donnell / Sills Creative Co.
Q: What is the purpose of the Marathon Spectacular?
A: Weston Nurseries, Start Line Brewing Company, and Marty’s Liquors are partnering with the 26.2 Foundation to build awareness, enhance engagement and fundraise to advance the Foundation’s mission of supporting the sport of Marathoning.
Q: What is the 26.2 Foundation?
A: The 26.2 Foundation is a philanthropic non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Its mission is to promote and support the sport of marathoning, as well as health, wellness, and economic development initiatives through strategic investments in innovative, multi-generational programs on local, regional, national, and global levels.
Q: What time does the event start?
A: The event starts at 7AM with free coffee and breakfast trucks.
Q: How do I get to the event?
A: Prior to 7AM and after 1:00 PM, the roads around Hopkinton are generally open and you can drive right to 93 East Main Street as you normally wood or with normal GPSguidance.
Q: Can I get to the event after 7AM?
A: YES! We have attached a map (at right) to show you the easiest way to get to our event parking area from 7AM to 1:00PM.
Q: Where is the parking located?
A: The entrance to the parking areas are located at the junction of Legacy Farm Road North and Frankland Road. We will have ample staff assisting you to your parking spot. From there, we will give you walking directions to get to the event. Golf carts will be on hand for those who need assistance.
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Q: Will there be alcohol sold at the event?
A: Yes. Drink tickets are $5 each. Beer and wine drinks will be served from 8AM – 4PM. We’ll have a large array of wines and prosecco available, as well as craft beer from Hopkinton’s own Start Line Brewing.
Q: Will the event still take place if the weather is lousy?
A: Yes, this is a rain or shine event. There will be a large tent that can be utilized both for attendees and the bands in we experience heavy rains.
Q: Will there be activities for kids?
A: Yes, we have set aside a kids area where we will have games, corn hole, face painting and other activities for kids.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Well-behaved dogs are permitted at this event, as long as they are kept on a leash.
Q: Can I leave and come back?
A: Yes. We will be giving out bracelets for everyone who is 21 and over. We will also stamp hands of those under the age of 21 if they want to leave and come back. Kids under 12 are free.
Q: Is there a charge for drinks?
A: Yes, all beer and wine drinks are $5. Non-alcohol drinks are sold a-la-carte by vendor. Bottled water is $1.
Q: What type of food will be available?
A: Lots! There will be 5-6 food trucks on site throughout the day serving breakfast and lunch items. Breakfast items include breakfast sandwiches and baked goods. Free Coffee is provided by Dunkin Donuts. Lunch items include BBQ choices, Pizza, grilled cheese and various sandwiches. We will also have options for vegetarians and gluten free requirements.
Q: Can I bring beer and wine drinks outside the event area?
A: No, we ask that you keep all alcoholic drinks inside the event area.
Q: Will I be able to see the marathon from the event area?
A: Yes, the event area is located right along route 135. The ground is slightly elevated from the street and there will be considerable space to view the race from within the fenced in event area. You also have the option to leave the event area and come back if you would like to stand closer to the street.
Q: What other facilities are on site?
A: We will have an ample quantity of porta-potties available, including a handicap accessible unit. There will be a large tent with table seating for eating and sitting.
Q: Are there emergency vehicles available in the case of a medical emergency?
A: Yes. Our town has indicated that they will have ample emergency vehicles in the area of the event and an ambulance if needed. There will also be detailed police offers at the event to assist if needed.
Marathon Spectacular Guidelines:
We are required to follow the rules for all spectators along the course. All spectators along the course are discouraged from possessing any of the items listed below and we will not allow you to enter our event if these items are in possession:
- Weapons or items of any kind that may be used as weapons, including firearms, knives, mace, etc.
- Backpacks or any similar item carried over the shoulder
- Suitcases and rolling bags/rollers
- Glass containers or cans
- Flammable liquids, fuels, fireworks or explosives
- Any container capable of carrying more than 1 liter of liquid
- Handbags or packages or bulky items larger than 12 inches * 12 inches * 6 inches
- Large blankets/comforters, duvets, sleeping bags
- Costumes covering the face or any non-form fitting, bulky outfits extending beyond the perimeter of the body
- Props (including sporting equipment and military and fire gear).
In addition, public safety officials are asking the public to assist in creating a No-Drone Zone along the entire course at this year’s Boston Marathon. The use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) anywhere in the area of the course, including above runners and spectators, is strongly discouraged.
TICKETS: $20 in Advance | $25 at the Event | Kids 12 & under: FREE | Beer & wine tickets: $5.00 each, available for purchase @ the event
Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee: Free! – Food trucks: Priced Individually