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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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 and 30 minutes after the last person crosses the starting line in Hopkinton, which we expect to be at about 11:40 a.m., meaning official timing will end at approximately 6:10 p.m. 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, 2014).
  • 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 and a half hours after the last runner crosses the starting line. This will be at about 6:10 p.m. 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. This is a HUGE benefit for every runner. 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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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, 2013 until early April, 2013 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 4

1972 - Women Official Entrants in Marathon

Although Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1966, it was not until the 1972 Boston Marathon that women could become official entrants due to a change in AAU rules.