Will there be a baggage check area at the B.A.A. Half Marathon?
Race participants can check belongings at a designated location near the start. Belongings must be claimed shortly following the race. The B.A.A. is not responsible for personal belongings.
I will be 44 when I run my qualifying race, but will be 45 when I run the Boston Marathon. What is my qualifying standard?
Your qualifying time is based on your age on the day of the Boston Marathon, thus your qualifying standard will be 3hrs 25 min - and you can be 44 when you run your qualifying race.
For more information on qualifying times, click here
What do I do if I cannot complete the Boston Marathon after I have started?
Stop for assistance and direction at one of the 26 Red Cross aid stations along the course. Sweep buses pick up runners at every Red Cross station with drop-off at the finish area medical tent. Aid stations along the course close at staggered times during the day. Finish area facilities officially close six hours after the last runner crosses the start line in Hopkinton. (About 6:00 p.m.)
While it is popular belief that in 1887 the B.A.A. founders chose the Unicorn as the organization’s symbol due to its place in mythology (Chinese and other mythologies regard the figure as an ideal and something to be pursued but which can never be caught), it is more likely that the Unicorn was borrowed from the coat of arms from one of the B.A.A.'s first families. Still, the now iconic Unicorn stands for striving for excellence.... even it can never be achieved.
When will I be notified of my acceptance into the Boston Marathon?
Please allow approximately four weeks for application processing. We must receive official results from the race of your qualifying marathon before we can verify your time. Upon acceptance, you will receive an email and/or notification by United States Postal Service mail.
Where do I get my B.A.A. Half Marathon medal after I finish the race?
Just keep moving through the finish area. Your medal will be awarded to you with your water and post-race refreshments.
Where will I find medical attention during the B.A.A. Half Marathon?
Medical personnel will be available to give emergency care, as well as attend to non-critical injuries at miles 0.7, 2.0, 4.5, 7.5, 11.2, 12.0 and the finish.
Can I run in the Boston Marathon as an unofficial or "bandit" runner?
I prefer to make my Boston Marathon hotel reservations with a hotel directly, can you recommend where to stay?
When applying for entry into the Boston Marathon, what proof of qualifying do I need to provide?
For application into the Boston Marathon, applicants must provide the name and date of the Marathon at which they qualified, and their official finishing time. The B.A.A. will verify all qualifying times before granting acceptance into the race.