The Hopkinton Marathon Committee (HMC) has selected a starter for the 9:00 a.m. rolling start of the 125th Boston Marathon. The Boston Athletic Association has granted the HMC the honor of starting the Boston Marathon’s later waves since 2006, when the race first introduced the wave start. This year, with a rolling start rather than waves, just one starter position was available. The HMC selected Hopkinton Fire Chief, Bill Miller, to fulfill the role.
“On behalf of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee we are pleased to announce that Hopkinton Fire Chief Bill Miller will be the official starter for the rolling start of the Boston Marathon on Monday, October 11, 2021,” said Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace, the chairperson of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee. “We wanted to honor a first responder who unselfishly for the past 22 months worked on the front lines leading his department with retired Chief Steve Slaman, ensuring the public safety of our residents amid the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Fire Chief Bill Miller, a respected and proven leader, continued to champion his team through all the unknown and devastating challenges this deadly Corona Virus inflicted on our community. The Fire Chief also serves as the Emergency Management Director, who has had a daunting task in the middle of the pandemic. Bill represents Hopkinton’s first responders who continue to courageously fight this pandemic with such strength and resilience and have saved lives and showed heartfelt compassion along the way. He will represent all essential workers and first responders in our town who are the heroes that left their families to help other in time of need.”
Miller, who was promoted to Chief this year, has worked for the Hopkinton Fire Department since 2000 and has been a part of the Boston Marathon since. “My initial roles were as a shift officer working different locations such as the start line and runners village,” said Chief Miller, an Oxford, MA native. “When I was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2016, I began developing the Incident Action Plan for the Fire Department. This plan includes Marathon and non-Marathon responses and all resources needed for this spectacular event.”
“The Boston Marathon brings so much to our community,” said Ferriter-Wallace, who looks forward to the return of some favorite local marathon traditions like honoring veterans tat the start. “We have all been through so much over the past 22 months and we are fortunate to have an in-person race come October 11th. My hope is that people understand and be patient with the changes this year as we welcome runners of the world to Hopkinton.”
“Being asked to start the race is truly an honor and something I am very proud to do and what makes it even more of an honor is that it is the 125th running,” said Miller, who will fire the starter’s pistol at 9 a.m.
The full start schedule is:
Military March 6:00 a.m.
Men’s Wheelchair 8:02 a.m.
Women’s Wheelchair 8:05 a.m.
Handcycle & Duo Participants 8:30 a.m.
Professional Men 8:37 a.m.
Professional Women 8:45 a.m.
Para Athletics Divisions 8:50 a.m.
Rolling start begins 9:00 a.m.
Rolling start ends 11:30 a.m.
The Hopkinton Marathon Committee was established in 1979 to work in conjunction with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), the organizers of the Boston Marathon, to ensure that the annual running of the race is an exciting, successful and safe event for all concerned. Committee members contribute their efforts throughout the entire year to the planning, organization, and coordination of multiple facets of the race, working to protect the best interests and welfare of the town, its residents, businesses and visitors.