30,000 Boston marathon athletes begin 26.2 mile trek in waves

BOSTON -- The 121st running of the Boston Marathon is getting underway in waves for the 30,000 athletes.

Mobility impaired athletes — the blind and those with prostheses or other challenges — started at 8:50 a.m. Monday.

They were followed by the men's push rim wheelchair athletes at 9:17 a.m., and the women two minutes later.

The elite women started at 8:32 a.m. CDT, and the elite men and the rest of wave one get underway at 9:00 a.m. CDT.

There are three more waves that set up a staggered start: wave two at 9:25 a.m. CDT, wave three at 9:50 a.m. CDT and wave four at 10:15 a.m. CDT.

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