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.
If you have lost your card, please come to the Replacement Number Pick-Up booth at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo with a valid photo ID, and a duplicate will be reissued to you. This booth will be located in the Number Pick-Up area.
How do I enter the B.A.A. Half Marathon through the official charity program?
While there is no 'official charity' program for the B.A.A. Half Marathon like there is for the Boston Marathon, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund field a large team of runners every year who, through fundraising, help them further cancer research.
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.
What do I do if I cannot complete the B.A.A. Half Marathon once I have begun?
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. Finish-area facilities officially close at approximately 11:00 a.m., with timing closing 2.5 hours after the last participant crosses the start line.
I am a runner interested in joining a Boston Marathon official charity team. How can I apply?
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If I improve my Boston Marathon qualifying time, how do I submit it to the B.A.A.?
If you improve your qualifying time from the time you used to register, please use the button below to fill our a updated registration time:
Once verified, it'll be applied to your entry. Registrations cannot be updated after February 1, 2015.
Can I purchase a seat at the finish line of the Boston Marathon?
Seats at the finish line at the Boston Marathon are very limited and are reserved only for official race partners. They are not sold by the B.A.A. Nearly the entirety of the Boston Marathon course, including space in view of the Boylston Street Finish Line, is open to the public on a first-come basis.
I’ve had a name change since qualifying or registering for the Boston Marathon. How should I register? How do I update my registration?
Please register using the name that you qualified with. Upon confirmation of acceptance, please send proof of your name change (ie: copy of marriage certificate) to the Registration Office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax (508-435-6590) and we will update it for you. If it’s a case of a divorce, we ask for a copy of the name change portion of the divorce decree. We can also take a copy of old and new driver’s license.
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.