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Contact Info:
Boston Office (Administration)
185 Dartmouth Street
6th floor
Boston MA 02116
phone:617-236-1652
fax:617-236-4505
e-mail:info@baa.org
Hopkinton Office (Registration)
“The Starting Line”/One Ash St.
Hopkinton MA 01748
phone:508-435-6905
fax:508-435-6590
e-mail:info@baa.org

Frequently Asked Questions

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If you feel there is a discrepancy in your 2015 Boston Marathon finish time, please use the following link to submit a Results Adjustment Form by no later than Thursday, April 30th:

We will look into every adjustment request we receive through Thursday, April 30th. Please note that the adjudication process can take up to a month to complete.

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Please send a detailed email to registration@baa.org describing your lost item(s). If we have received it, we will contact you.
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Boston Marathon Finisher Certificates will be mailed out along with the Official 2015 Boston Marathon Racers' Record Book. We take great pride in the production of these two items, so keep an eye out for delivery by the end of July.

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Registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon will open next fall, but the date has not yet been determined. Please monitor our website, baa.org, for an opening date announcement over the summer.

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The qualification window for the 2016 Boston Marathon opened on September 13, 2014.

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Historically, runners who beat their qualifying standard by a larger amount of time are more likely to be accepted into the Boston Marathon. Since our rolling registration procedure was introduced in 2012, a cutoff has occurred 3 times:

  • Due to the high volume of applicants in 2012, the acceptance cutoff was drawn at 74 seconds. 
  • In 2013, we were able to accept all qualified runners who registered during the qualified registration period, so there was no cutoff time. 
  • In 2014, the cutoff for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 98 seconds or faster. The cutoff for the 2015 Boston Marathon was drawn at 62 seconds. 
Although these were the cases for previous years, we cannot predict how competitive the registration process will be for 2016, or how quickly it will fill. If you don’t have a qualifying time but still wish to participate, you can apply to run of one of the B.A.A. official charities by contacting them directly. The 2016 B.A.A. charity program will be posted to the charities page on our website next summer.
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Registration for the Boston Marathon typically begins in the Fall prior to the race. We cannot predict how quickly registration will fill, but once it does, we are no longer able to accept registrations. The date that we close registration, therefore, becomes the deadline for qualifying.

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Registration for the 2015 B.A.A. 10K will open on Wednesday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Registration will occur at www.baa.org. The field size for the 2016 race will be 10,000 participants.

B.A.A. Moment 1

1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.