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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

Frequently Asked Questions

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We anticipate it taking no longer than 15-minutes for the last runner of each wave to cross the starting line.

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Timing will stop six hours after the last person crosses the starting line in Hopkinton. The course will close at various intervals before that time.

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The B.A.A. will broadcast every five kilometer split to its website and family and friends can track your progress by logging in and entering your name or bib number. The "face" of the Boston Marathon website will change on race day and the process on how to enter the search will be clear. The AT&T Athlete Alert program allows messages to be automatically delivered to any US mobile phone, a pager, or any email address.

Alerts will be broadcast when your runner crosses the starting line, reaches the 10K, half marathon and 30K marks, and from the finish line. Runners or their family and friends can register in three ways:

  • Via text message or SMS, (after registering, you'll receive a text message confirming how to complete registration).
  • Visiting the AT&T Athlete Alert Sign-Up page at the race website, www.baa.org, and sign up there. (This will be posted in March, 2015).
  • Registering in person. Representatives will be available in the Bib Number Pick-up area at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo.
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Only officially registered participants are allowed on the course. The course and finish area facilities close six hours after the last runner crosses the starting line. The Boston Marathon does not have a race walk division.

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The Boston Marathon starting line is located in Hopkinton at the Doughboy statue on East Main Street (near Ash Street). The race finishes on Boylston Street in Boston, directly in front of the Boston Public Library (700 Boylston Street).

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Because of the four-wave start, we will be timing and scoring by net time, the time from when you cross the starting line until you cross the finish line. Prize money will be awarded by gun time, but the elite athletes are up front so their gun and net times are virtually the same. Age group awards are based on net time.

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

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Team results are calculated by adding the net finishing times of the first three finishers of each club in each division. Team registration is open from early March, 2015 until early April, 2015 on the Boston Marathon website.

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The Boston Athletic Association, committed to encouraging and promoting fitness through athletics, has developed a program to assist charitable organizations by providing guaranteed entries for fundraising. Please visit our Charity page for more details.
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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.

B.A.A. Moment 2

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The starting field of 38,708 for the centennial race stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions. The historic 100th Boston Marathon was monumental for another reason. It was the first time that a chip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon.