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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

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Official Boston Marathon Merchandise will be on sale at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo, several Boston sporting goods stores, in Copley Square Park and at the Family Meeting Area after the race. Before or after race weekend, merchandise may be ordered online or via mail-order directly from our licensees. Some of them may also have limited amounts of previous years’ merchandise available.

John B. Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115
617-954-2000

Friday, April 17, 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (tentative times)
Saturday, April 18, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (tentative times)
Sunday, April 19, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (tentative times)

The John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo is open to the public and admission is free. The Hynes Convention Center is conveniently located in the center of Boston, in the Back Bay area. For more information about the 2015 John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo, visit the Conventures website.

To see a list of official Boston Marathon licensees and their products go to our Shop page.

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To register for the Boston Marathon, you will need to provide the following information on the registration form:

  • Your full name
  • Birthdate
  • Mailing address and phone number
  • Email address
  • Your qualifying race name, date run, and your qualifying time
  • Your credit card information (we accept Visa and Mastercard)
  • Two emergency contact names and phone numbers
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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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The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) will add a random selection component to the registration process for the 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathon® when entries are accepted. Registration will open on Wednesday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET, and 3,000 entrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The remainder of the field will be filled through random selection of those applicants who submit an entry by Thursday, July 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Twenty percent of the overall field (1,600 entrants) will be chosen through random selection.

To read more about this, click the button below:

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No bags will be allowed on buses from Boston to Hopkinton, and bags will not be transported from Hopkinton back to Boston. Bags will not be allowed in certain areas at or near the start in Hopkinton, at or near the finish in Boston, or along the course. At the conclusion of the race, the B.A.A. will provide you with a Heatsheet® Warmth Retention Cape for warmth.

A gear check opportunity on Boston Common will be available on the morning of the Boston Marathon, allowing official participants to have a change of clothing (shoes, pants, shirt, jacket) at the conclusion of the race. The bag to be used for this purpose will be provided at Number Pick-up by the B.A.A.  Only this B.A.A.-provided, clear, plastic bag can be used for this purpose. No other bags will be accepted. Any items that you would like to have with you at the conclusion of the race must be placed inside the clear, plastic bag that the B.A.A. will provide for you. You must leave this clear, plastic bag at the gear check area on Boston Common prior to boarding the B.A.A. shuttle bus to the start in Hopkinton. Please be aware that the gear check area on Boston Common is approximately one half mile from the exit of the finish area at Arlington Street.

More information will be forthcoming.

All of the above is subjec to change.

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If you’ve improved your qualifying time, please click the button below to update you information and improve your seeding:

UPDATE QUALIFYING TIME - click here

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Limited transportation from Boston back to both parking areas in Hopkinton (see below information) will be available after the race at no charge.

  • The return buses will be parked on Stanhope Street at Clarendon Street
  • The shuttles will run from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. continuously.
  • You must show your bib number to board the buses, no transportation is available for family or friends.
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Replacement passports are available at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo. Runners will need to present a photo ID to pick up their bib number.

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To volunteer with the B.A.A., please click the button below:

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Just keep moving through the finish area. Your medal will be awarded to you with your water and post-race refreshments.

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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.