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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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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.

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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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No, please do NOT run if you have not been officially entered in the race. Race amenities along the course and at the finish, such as fluids, medical care, and traffic safety, are provided based on the number of expected official entrants. Any addition to this by way of unofficial participants, adversely affects our ability to ensure a safe race for everyone.
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  • Parking in Hopkinton is extremely limited and security measures may slow access from the parking areas for spectators and runners. We STRONGLY recommend that all entrants take the official B.A.A. buses from Boston to Hopkinton on race morning, as it is the only way we can ensure that you will get into Hopkinton.
  • Please note that the roads within the town of Hopkinton close at 7:00 a.m. and no street parking will be available. Limited runner parking is available at the South Street lot and volunteer/spectator parking at the Hopkinton State Park on Route 85.
  • Once these lots are full, we will only allow runner drop-off at a designated lot on South Street. Plan accordingly and give yourself ample time. Expect delays!
  • Please do not park illegally, as it will jeopardize the transportation system and will result in the vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense. There will be no on-street parking allowed in the town of Hopkinton.
  • Hopkinton State Park parking and shuttle is for volunteers and spectators only.
  • Registered runners parking at this location and using this shuttle will not be transported to the Athletes’ Village and will have to walk an additional one mile from the drop-off point to the Village. These runners may be subject to additional security screening to enter the Village.
  • Registered runners are requested to use the shuttle buses from the South Street parking lots in order to ensure timely arrival at the Athletes’ Village.
  • Directions from Boston to South Street parking lot: Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Route 495 South to exit 21B. Also take exit 21B if coming from Route 495 North.
  • Or from Boston and all other directions to the Hopkinton State Park: Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Route 9 (exit 12). Follow Route 9 West to Route 85 South.
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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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Entrants in the Boston Marathon who have submitted a time that meets the qualifying standard for their age and gender will be seeded accordingly. Entrants without a qualifying time will be assigned a bib number accordingly.

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Just keep moving forward! We'll get you your medal at the same time we get you your mylar blanket, water, and other post-race refreshments.

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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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Registrants of the B.A.A. Half Marathon should receive their bib number in the mail. If you do not receive your bib number by one week prior to the event, send a detailed e-mail to halfregistration@baa.org. You will be provided a replacement bib which you can pick up on site at Franklin Park. If you are changing your address between now and the B.A.A. Half Marathon, please let the B.A.A. know, so your bib number is sent to your correct location.
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Marathon Foto is the official photographer of the Boston Marathon and representatives will take photos along the course and finish. Proofs will be mailed to all participants shortly after the race, or photos may be ordered on-line at www.marathonfoto.com.
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