WALK DAY INFO

The 2012 Walk is on, rain or shine! Check JimmyFundWalk.org/info for event details if there are severe weather conditions on Sunday.



Read on to find information about what to do and where to go on Walk day.

  • Check-in and rolling start

    5:30 A.M. – 7:30 A.M.
    Hopkinton Center School, Hopkinton, Mass.

    Copley Square Finish Line hours

    11:15A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
    Copley Square, Boston, Mass.

  • Driving Directions and Parking

    Driving to Hopkinton
    Parking for participants will be available in the Hopkinton Middle and High School lots.

    Hopkinton Middle School and High School
    88 Hayden Rowe Street              
    Hopkinton, MA 01748

    Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Interstate 495 South. Follow 495 South to Exit 21A to Hopkinton/West Main Street. Follow the exit and drive straight on West Main Street for 2.1 miles. Turn right onto Grove Street/Route-85 which turns into Hayden Rowe Street, and drive 0.7 miles until you reach the Hopkinton Middle School on the left. Please park at the middle school. Shuttle buses will be available to bring walkers to the starting location at the Center School.

     

  • Shuttle Bus information to Start and Finish

    Walkers starting in Hopkinton can either park at Copley Square and take a shuttle bus to the starting line in the morning, or drive to Hopkinton and take a shuttle bus back to their cars upon completion of the Walk. Please understand that buses will not leave prior to their scheduled time, to ensure that the start area and course are ready and safe for all walkers when they arrive.

     

  • Shuttle Buses from Copley Square to Hopkinton Start

    5 A.M. – 6:45 A.M.
    Please understand that buses will not leave prior to their scheduled time, to ensure that the start area and course are ready and safe for all walkers when they arrive.

    Bus pick-up is on St. James Avenue across
    from the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

  • Shuttle Buses from Hopkinton Middle School to Hopkinton Start

    5:15 A.M. – 7:10 A.M.
    Bus pick-up is in Hopkinton Middle School
    Parking Lot.

  • Shuttle Buses from Copley Square Finish to Hopkinton Parking

    1:00 P.M. – 7 P.M.
    Bus pick-up on St. James Avenue across
    from the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

  • Check-in and rolling start

    8:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
    Babson College, Knight Auditorium Parking Lot,
    Babson Park, Mass.

    Copley Square Finish Line hours

    11:15 A.M. –  7P.M.
    Copley Square, Boston, Mass.

     

  • Driving Directions and Parking

    Driving to Babson College
    Parking will be available for $5.75 for participants at the Riverside MBTA Station. Please note that there is absolutely no parking available at Babson or in the surrounding neighborhoods. All walkers must park at Riverside Station.

    Riverside Station
    271 Grove Street
    Newton, MA 02146

    Take Interstate 95/ Route 128 to Exit 22 for Grove Street/Riverside MBTA Station. Merge onto Grove Street. Riverside Station will be on the left. Shuttles will be provided to bring walkers from the parking area to Babson College. 
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  • Take the MBTA

    Ride the D (Riverside) branch of the Green Line all the way to the Riverside Station. Shuttle buses to Babson will be available in the parking area.

     

  • Shuttle Bus information to Start and Finish

    Walkers starting at Babson can park at Copley Square and take a shuttle bus to the starting line in the morning, take the MBTA Green Line, or drive to Riverside Station and take a short shuttle bus to the starting line. Shuttle buses will return walkers to Riverside upon completion of the Walk.

    Please note that the morning buses will not leave prior to scheduled time to ensure that all areas and the course are ready and safe for walkers when they arrive.

  • Shuttle Buses from Copley Square to Babson College

    8 A.M. – 10 A.M.
    Bus pick-up will be on St. James Avenue across from the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

  • Shuttle Buses from Riverside Station to Babson College

    8:15 A.M. – 10 A.M.
    Pick-up will be in parking area of Riverside Station

     

  • Shuttle Buses from Copley Square Finish to Riverside Station

     

    1 P.M. – 7 P.M.
    Bus pick-up is on St. James Avenue across from the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel;
    please note that buses will deliver walkers to Riverside only; there will be no return
    buses to the Babson campus

  • Check-in and rolling start

    10 A.M. – 12 P.M.
    Edmonds Hall Parking Lot,
    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass.


    Copley Square Finish Line hours

    11:15 A.M. – 7 P.M.
    Copley Square, Boston, Mass.

  • Driving Directions and Parking
    Driving to Boston College
    Parking will be available to walkers in the Alumni Stadium parking garage, located at:

    Boston College
    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

    FROM POINTS NORTH & SOUTH: Take Interstate 95/ Route 128 to Exit 24 (Route 30). Follow Route 30 (also known as Commonwealth Avenue) east for about 5 miles to Boston College. Go past the main gate, turn right onto St. Thomas More Road and follow to Beacon Street. Turn right onto Beacon Street and take first right into the parking garage. Once you’ve parked, exit the garage and head toward Commonwealth Avenue to locate the starting line.

    FROM POINTS WEST: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) to Exit 17. At the first set of lights after the exit ramp, take a right onto Centre Street. Continue on Centre Street to the fourth set of lights, and turn left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Follow Commonwealth Avenue 1.5 miles to Boston College. Go past the main gate and turn right onto St. Thomas More Road into Beacon Street parking garage near the Alumni Stadium. Once you’ve parked, exit the garage and head toward Commonwealth Avenue to locate the starting line.

  • Take the MBTA
    Ride the B (Boston College) branch of the Green Line until it ends at Boston College Station. Follow signs from main gate.

  • Shuttle Bus Information to Start and Finish
    Walkers participating in the 5-Mile route can take the MBTA on the Green Line’s B branch to Boston College, drive and park at the starting location, or park at Copley Square and take a shuttle bus to the starting line in the morning. Shuttle buses will be available from Copley Square for walkers who park at Boston College to return them to their cars upon completion of the Walk.

    Please note that the morning buses will not leave prior to scheduled time to ensure that all areas and the course are ready and safe for walkers when they arrive.

  • Shuttle Buses from Copley Square to Boston College Start

    9:45 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    Bus pick-up is on St. James Avenue
    across from the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

  • Shuttle Buses from Copley Square Finish to Boston College

    11:30 P.M. – 4 P.M.
    Bus pick-up is on St. James Avenue
    across from the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

  • Check-In

    Yawkey Center for Cancer Care

    12 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.
     

    Official Start

    1:45 P.M.
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.

    Copley Square Finish Line hours

    11:15 A.M. – 7 P.M.
    Copley Square, Boston, Mass.

  • Driving Directions and Parking at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Parking will be available at the following location:
    375 Longwood Garage
    375 Longwood Ave.
    Boston, MA 02115

    FROM POINTS NORTH Take Interstate 93 to Storrow Drive West. Continue for 1.5 miles, take “Kenmore Square/Fenway, Route 1S” exit, to the left, and stay in the far left lane as you drive up the ramp. At the first light, bear right on Boylston Street (outbound) and continue straight as the road merges onto Brookline Avenue. At the fourth light, turn right onto Longwood Avenue to park in the 375 Longwood Garage.

    FROM POINTS SOUTH Take Interstate 93 to Exit 16, “Andrew Square.” At the light at the top of the ramp, turn left. At the fourth light, turn left on Melnea Cass Boulevard and continue for 0.9 miles to the seventh light, turning left onto Tremont Street. At the first intersection (Boston Police Station on the corner), turn right onto Ruggles Street. At the third light, turn left onto Huntington Avenue. After passing the Massachusetts College of Art, turn right at light on Longwood Avenue. Continue straight to park in the 375 Longwood Garage (on right).

    FROM POINTS WEST Take Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate-90) to Exit 22, “Copley Square/ Prudential Center,” bearing left toward Prudential. Merge left onto Huntington Avenue. Follow for 1.3 miles. After passing the Massachusetts College of Art, turn right at light onto Longwood Avenue. Continue straight to the 375 Longwood Garage (on right).

     

  • Take the MBTA

    Ride the D (Riverside) branch of the Green Line to Longwood Station. Take a left out of the station, walk up to Longwood Avenue, and take another left over the bridge. Continue walking straight, cross Brookline Avenue, and take a right onto Binney Street. Dana-Farber will be on your right.

     

  • Shuttle Bus Information from Finish Line

    Walkers starting at Dana-Farber can take the MBTA to Longwood Medical Area or drive and park at DFCI (directions above). Buses will be available to return walkers to the Institute upon completion of the Walk.

  • Buses from Copley Square Finish to DFCI

    3:30 P.M. – 5 P.M.
    Bus pick-up is at Trinity Church located
    between the John Hancock Tower and
    the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

Walk Routes and Refueling Stations
All Refueling Station locations are approximate and subject tochange

Copley Finish Line
11:15 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Speaking Program at 3:00 p.m.

  • FROM HOPKINTON:

    Center School, 11 Ash St, Hopkinton, MA
    Check-in and Rolling Start: 5:30 – 7:30 a.m.

    Turn right out of Center School parking lot.
    Turn right onto Route 135 East
    Continue to follow Route 135 East until it joins Route 16

    Refueling Station #1:

    Mile 1.9
    250 W. Union Street, Ashland
    Open 6:00 – 9:45 a.m.

    Refueling Station #2:

    Mile 4.4
    89 Waverly Street, Ashland
    Open 6:30 – 10:30 a.m.

    Refueling Station #3:

    Mile 8.0
    W. Central Street & Boden Lane, Natick
    Open 7:30 – 11:45 a.m.

    Refueling Station #4:

    Mile 10.2
    Central Street & Main Street, Natick
    Open 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Refueling Station #5:

    Mile 12.9
    Central Street & Weston Road, Wellesley
    Open 8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

    Follow Route 16 East

    Refueling Station #6:

    Mile 14.0
    435 Washington Street, Wellesley
    Open 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Walkers starting at Babson College join the route at the intersection of Abbot Rd. and Route 16 East (Washington St.) in Wellesley between 8:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Team meeting areas will be set up at Refueling Station #7, approximately one mile down the route from where Abbot Rd. meets Washington St.

    Refueling Station #7:

    Mile 16.0
    36-40 Washington Street, Wellesley --
    Open 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Continue, following directions below from Refueling Station #7.

  • FROM BABSON COLLEGE

    231 Forest Street, Wellesley, MA
    Check-in and Rolling Start: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

    Turn left out of Babson College onto Forest Street.
    Turn right onto Abbott Road, continue on Abbott Road to Route 16.
    Turn right onto Route 16 East (Washington St.)

    Refueling Station #7:

    Mile  16.0
    36-40 Washington Street, Wellesley --
    Open 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Continue on Route 16 East through Newton Lower Falls
    Turn right at the fire station onto Commonwealth Avenue (Route 30)

    Refueling Station #8:

    Mile 18.4
    Commonwealth Avenue & Fuller Street, Newton
    Open 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Refueling Station #9:

    Mile 21.1
    Commonwealth Avenue & Old Colony Road, Newton
    Open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Walkers starting at Boston College join the route at the intersection of St. Thomas More Rd. and Commonwealth Avenue between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

    Continue, following directions from Boston College

  • FROM BOSTON COLLEGE:

    140 Commonwealth Avenue,
    Chestnut Hill, MA

    Check-in and Rolling Start:
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Turn right onto Commonwealth Avenue.
    Bear right at the reservoir onto Chestunt Hill Avenue

    Refueling Station #10:

    Mile 22.3
    Chestnut Hill Avenue & Beacon Street, Brighton
    Open 10:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Turn left onto Beacon St.

    Refueling Station #11:

    Mile 23.1
    1501 Beacon Street, Brookline
    Open 10:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

    Walkers starting at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute join the route at the intersection of Kent St. and Beacon St. between 2:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

    Continue, following directions after Boston 3-mile Walk reaches Beacon Street.

  • BOSTON 3 MILE:

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    44 Binney Street, Boston, MA

    Check-in: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
    Official Start: 1:30 p.m.

    Follow Longwood Avenue, crossing Brookline Avenue and the Riverway.
    Turn right onto Kent Street.
    Turn right onto Beacon Street. Continue to Kenmore Square
    Follow Commonwealth Avenue inbound.

    Refueling Station #12:

    Mile 15.5
    Beacon Street & Maitland Street, Boston
    Open 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    Turn right onto Hereford Street,
    Turn left onto Boylston Street.
    Follow Boylston Street to Copley Square.

  • On Walk weekend, you will be able to check in at any of the starting locations or at Early Check-In, Sept. 8 at Babson College from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Start Times:
    Please see below for the 2012 Start times:

    Hopkinton 26.2-mile:
    5:30 - 7:30 a.m.

    Babson to Boston 13.1-mile:
    8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    Boston College 5-mile:
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Dana-Farber 3-mile:
    1:45 p.m.

    *Walkers registered prior to Aug. 1 will receive their official bib number in the mail prior to the event. All other walkers will be able to pick their bibs up by checking in on event weekend.
    Please note: Online registration will close Friday, September 7, at noon.

    You will need to check in if:

    • You need to pick up your bib number and/or event T-shirt*
    • You would like to submit any collected gifts
    • You have not yet registered

You do not need to check in if:

  • You have received your bib and T-shirt
  • All routes finish in the Copley Square finish area in Boston, where participants will:

    • Receive a commemorative 2012 Walk medal
    • Have the opportunity to gather for a team photo
    • Enjoy food, entertainment, and a speaking program featuring Dana-Farber staff, sponsors, and Walk Heroes
    • Access shuttle buses that will provide transportation to parking locations
  • Seasoned walkers recommend bringing a small backpack or fanny pack with the following items:

    • Camera
    • Sunglasses and Sunscreen—even if it's not sunny (Preferably sweat- and water-resistant sunscreen)
    • Extra socks (TIP: Rather than cotton, try a pair of socks made of a wicking material)
    • Mini first aid kit with band-aids and pain relievers
    • Wallet with ID and a small amount of cash and/or credit card
    • Cell phone

    What Not to Bring

    • Large strollers or carriages (Only collapsible carriages are permitted on buses)
    • Inline skates, skateboards, bicycles, scooters, etc.

Walk Day Frequently Asked Questions


  • Q: Do you provide transportation to the start lines?

    A: Yes! Shuttle buses will be provided to bring walkers from Boston to the Hopkinton, Babson College, and Boston College starting locations in the morning.

    Please Note: Buses will return walkers to the Riverside MBTA Station from the finish line. Buses are not scheduled to return walkers to the Babson College campus. Shuttle buses will also be provided in the afternoon to bring participants back to all starting location parking sites. For more information, please see the “Route Information” section.
  • Q: How late does the Copley Finish remain open?

    A: The finish line area is officially open until 7 p.m., to make sure that we accommodate all of our walkers. Even those who travel at a more leisurely pace usually finish before 5 p.m., so you should have plenty of time to sit down and relax for a bit before heading home.
  • Q: What is available at the refueling stations, and where are they located?

    A: Twelve refueling stations are located along the Walk route, and each one has a supply of food, water, and medical support. For the approximate locations of the stations, please refer to the “General Route Information | Refueling Stations” section.
  • Q: What do I do if I don't get my bib in the mail before Walk day?

    A: Bib numbers will be sent by mail to all walkers registered by August 1. Walkers registered after August 1 may pick up a bib at the registration table located at your Start, or at Early Check-In at Babson on September 8 from 1 - 4 p.m

    Please note: Walkers registered prior to August 1 who did not receive a bib number by mail may pick a bib up at the Start locations on Walk day as well.
  • Q: Can I run or skate the route?

    A: We strongly discourage anyone from running the route, to protect the safety of all walkers. We are unable to close the roads Walk day, and the sidewalks get very crowded. Participants will have an easier time staying within the designated walking area and out of the way of cars if everyone moves at a similar pace. Our aid stations and water stops are scheduled to open based on the time it takes to walk the route. For similar reasons, skating is only allowed if you are a member of the Inline Club of Boston (ICB).
  • Q: Can I bring my pet along on the Walk?

    A: No pets are allowed on the course.