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Participant Information: Qualifying

How to enter into the Boston Marathon

The qualification window for the 2016 Boston Marathon began on September 13, 2014. Registration is expected to open in September of 2015. Exact dates will be announced before that time.

The registration process ensures that the fastest qualifiers will be accepted first.  However, achieving one’s qualifying standard does not guarantee entry, but simply the opportunity to submit for registration. Those who are the fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender group will be accepted.


  • The 2016 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • The qualifying standards for the 2016 Boston Marathon are the same as the qualifying standards for the 2015 Boston Marathon (click button below to see standards)
  • There is no 59 second “cushion” allowed for qualifying times for the 2016 Boston Marathon. This is unchanged from recent years.
  • Though the B.A.A. will email registrants upon the completion of their form, runners are not officially entered into the race until their qualifying time is verified. This length of time may vary and can be as long as several days, depending on the qualifying marathon.

B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.