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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)
One Ash Street
Hopkinton MA 01748
phone:508-435-6905
fax:508-435-6590
e-mail:registration@baa.org

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Participants in the B.A.A. Half Marathon will have their bib numbers mailed to them in advance of the race. Please remember to bring your bib number with you on the day of the event. If you have not received your bib number within one week of the event, please contact the B.A.A. at halfregistration@baa.org.

Please handle your bib with care. Your timing device will be attached to the back of your bib, and if it's bent too much, it will not record your time along the route.  

 

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Locations along the course that are close to MBTA subway stations are:
  • Kenmore Square (Green lines B,C, and D): One-mile-to-go marker
  • Woodland (Green line D): Mile 16.8 of the Marathon course
  • Boston College (Green line B): Mile 21.4 of the Marathon course
  • Cleveland Circle (Green line C): mile 22.4 of the Marathon course

The MBTA's Commuter Rail Line (Framingham/Worcester) also makes stops along the Route in Framingham, West Natick, Natick, Wellesley Square and Wellesley Hills. For more information on watching the race, pick up a Spectator's Guide at local hotels or the Marathon Information Kiosk in Copley Square Park on race weekend.

For more information on Spectator Information, click here.

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Bring a government issued photo I.D. to the registration area on race day, and we will issue a new number. We will cancel your previous number, and void the timing device so that no one can misrepresent you.

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Stop for assistance and direction at one of the medical assistance stations on the course, provided by the B.A.A. Sweep buses are available to pick up runners who are unable to finish. Official participants have three hours (3:00:00) net time to complete the race. Only participants who complete the race within this allotted time will be considered official finishers. Roads and paths along the route will begin to re-open to traffic prior to the conclusion of timing and scoring, and those remaining on the course will be directed off the roadways and on to walkways by local police.

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As your qualifying time is verified, we may find that your name was misspelled, your zip code was wrong, or other minor mistakes with your application. As long as your qualifying time can be verified, these mistakes should not jeopardize your entry into the Boston Marathon. You will be contacted by the B.A.A. eventually to correct this information.

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Bring a government issued photo I.D. to the card replacement desk in the Number Pick-up area, and we will issue a new card. A Number Pick-up Card must be presented in order to receive your number.

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American Red Cross Aid Stations providing first aid/medical support are located approximately every mile along the race course, including one at the start. Medical areas will be set up to provide medical support at the finish area.

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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. Due to field size limitations, as well as a hightened interest in participation, a "cutoff" time (a time below the minimum qualifying standard for age and gender) has been established. Below is a list of when entrants needed to obtain a faster time than their minimum standard in order to be accepted into the race:

  • For the 2012 Boston Marathon, the cutoff for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 74 seconds or faster. 
  • For the 2014 Boston Marathon, the cutoff for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 98 seconds or faster.
  • For the 2015 Boston Marathon, the cutoff for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 62 seconds or faster.
  • For the 2016 Boston Marathon, the cutoff for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 2:28 or faster.

Although these were the cases for previous years, we cannot predict how competitive the registration process will be for any given year, or how quickly it will fill. If you don’t have a qualifying time but still wish to participate, you can apply to run for the Boston Marathon Official Charity Program. Click the button below for more information:

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We are able to provide transportation to the start from Boston to Hopkinton for officially registered runners only. There is no public transportation to Hopkinton.
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Extensive calendars of marathons can be found at www.marathonguide.com, www.coolrunning.com, www.runnersworld.com, and www.runningnetwork.com See our list of the most frequently used marathons for qualifying.
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