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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Free shuttle services, the MBTA, and our drop-off/pick-up location are your best bet. They're all outlined here.

There will be no parking at the event location. Parking in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood is extremely limited, but some spots along the street may be available.

 

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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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For the 2012 B.A.A. Half Marathon, participants will have their bib numbers mailed to them in advance of the race. Please remember to bring your bib number with you on the day of the event. If you have not received your bib number by October 3, 2012, please contact the B.A.A. at halfregistration@baa.org.

Please handle your bib with care. Your timing device will be attached to the back of your bib, and if it's bent too much, it will not record your time along the route.  

 

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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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If you improve your qualifying time from the time you used to register, please send the name and date of the marathon at which you improved your time, by February 1st, with your updated time to registration@baa.org.

Once verified, it'll be applied to your entry.   Registrations cannot be updated after February 1, 2014.
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The BibTag timing system will enable you to receive your official time (time from the starter's gun), as well as your net running time. The BibTag is affixed to your bib number and must be worn on your outer layer for the entire race for you to be scored and timed and for you to appear among the results as an official finisher.

Please handle the tag with care, as bent or damaged tags may not work correctly.

 

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Check Marathon Tours for a list of hotels that offer special rates and for the distance they are from the finish line. The official airline of the Boston Marathon is jetBlue, and in the months leading up to the Marathon, registered runners receive promotional codes for discounted jetting to Boston. Please visit www.marathontours.com, and www.jetblue.com.
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Registrants of the 2012 B.A.A. Half Marathon should receive their bib number in the mail by October 3, 2012. If you do not receive your bib number by this date, send a detailed e-mail to halfregistration@baa.org.

If you are changing your address between now and the Half Marathon on October 7, please let the B.A.A. know, so your bib number is sent to your correct location.

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Locations along the course that are close to MBTA subway stations are:
  • Kenmore Square (Green lines B,C, and D): One-mile-to-go marker
  • Woodland (Green line D): Mile 16.8 of the Marathon course
  • Boston College (Green line B): Mile 21.4 of the Marathon course
  • Cleveland Circle (Green line C): mile 22.4 of the Marathon course
The MBTA's Commuter Rail Line (Framingham/Worcester) also makes stops along the Route in Framingham, West Natick, Natick, Wellesley Square and Wellesley Hills. For more information on watching the race, pick up a Spectator's Guide at local hotels or the Marathon Information Kiosk in Copley Square Park on race weekend.
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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.

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.

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