FAQ

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: registration@baa.org

Frequently Asked Questions

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Registration for the Boston Marathon typically begins in the Fall prior to the race. We cannot predict how quickly registration will fill, but once it does, we are no longer able to accept registrations. The date that we close registration, therefore, becomes the deadline for qualifying.

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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.

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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.

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Official Entrants receive:

  • Admission to the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo
  • Long sleeved t-shirt
  • Bib number
  • An official result from an electronically recorded official timing system
  • Runner’s gear check (click here for more information)
  • Boston Marathon Official Program
  • Complimentary ticket for the Pre-Race Pasta Dinner
  • Complimentary transportation to the start
  • Access to the Athletes’ Village in Hopkinton, providing entertainment, light refreshments, Poland Spring water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, PowerBar, bagels, tenting, and portable toilets.
  • Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon/lime flavor) along the course
  • First aid / medical facilities along the course and at the finish area
  • Athlete tracking
  • A finisher’s medal upon finishing the marathon before 6:10 p.m.
  • Baggage and dressing area (no showers)
  • Massage
  • Family meeting area
  • Admission to the Awards Ceremony
  • Complimentary ticket for the Post-Race Party
  • Results postcard providing all 5km split information, official and net times
  • Finisher’s certificate (mailed during the summer)
  • Results book (mailed over the summer)
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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 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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The race director or race management can tell you if a course is certified. For a complete list of certified courses in the U.S.A. check USA Track & Field. In Canada check Athletics Canada. Internationally, an extensive calendar of races is listed at the Association of International Marathon and Road Races website, with indication of courses that are not certified.
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After you submit your application, you'll receive an e-mail confirming that we've received your application. Verification of your qualified time can then take up to five weeks as the results from your qualifying race are verified.

Once we verify your time, you'll receive a second e-mail that confirms your entrance into the Boston Marathon.

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The B.A.A. has provided a projected finish time to 2013 Boston Marathon starters who reached the half marathon checkpoint or later but did not have the opportunity to cross the finish line on Boylston Street. 2013 Boston Marathon runners can find their last recorded checkpoint and projected finish time by clicking here. Those runners will also be included in the Official Results Booklet in a separate listing and will receive an official results certificate.
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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. 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 Athlete’s Village, will have to walk an additional one mile from the drop-off point to the Village, and 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 their arrival at the Athlete’s 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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The average temperature at the start of the Boston Marathon ranges from 45-50 degrees F. The spread of temperature throughout the race can average approximately 25 degrees F, meaning the finish line temperature can average from 70-75 degrees F. However, in years past, there have been examples of extreme weather at the Boston Marathon. See below for examples:

Snow

  • 1907 Traces of sleet
  • 1908 Snowflakes and drizzle
  • 1925 Cold wind and occasional snowflakes
  • 1961 Snow squalls driven by winds of 10–12 mph; recorded temperature was 39 degrees
  • 1967 Snow squalls accompanied the runners through the first five miles.

Driving Rain

  • 1970 Mix of rain and sleet; temperatures in the high 30s;
  • 2007 Rain; winds gusting 25-30 mph; temperatures in the mid 40s.

Extreme Heat or Unseasonable Warmth

  • 1905 The temperature was reported to have reached the 100-degree mark.
  • 1909 The temperature soared to 97 degrees.
  • 1915 Reports of “intense heat.”
  • 1927 With the temperature reaching 84 degrees, a newly surfaced, yet uncured, road melted under the runners’ shoes.
  • 1931 Reports of “terrific heat” that “spelled ruin to the hopes of countless ambitious runners.”
  • 1952 The temperature rose to the upper 80s, with a high of 88 degrees.
  • 1958 The temperature climbed to 84 degrees.
  • 1976 For much of the first half of the race, the temperature along the course was reported to be 96 degrees.
  • 1987 The temperature was in the mid/upper 80s and the humidity was more than 95 percent.
  • 2004 The hottest marathon since 1976 (86 degrees at the finish) caused a record number of heat-related illnesses.
  • 2012 The temperature reached 75 degrees by the start of the Women's Elite field (9:30 a.m.), with a high of 89 degrees reported in Framingham (10K mark) by mid-day.
B.A.A. Moment 6

1983 - Greg Meyer

in 1983 Greg Meyer won the Boston Marathon, and remains the last American to have won the men's open division. 

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