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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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A PowerGel station will be set up approximately at Mile 6. PowerGel is a concentrated, carbohydrate gel that delivers immediate energy for endurance athletes. For more information on the course map, click the button below:

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For application into the Boston Marathon, applicants must provide the name and date of the Marathon at which they qualified, and their official finishing time. The B.A.A. will verify all qualifying times before granting acceptance into the race.

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Participants in the B.A.A. Half Marathon 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 within one week of the event, 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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Medical personnel will be available to give emergency care, as well as attend to non-critical injuries at miles 0.7, 2.0, 4.5, 7.5, 11.2, 12.0 and the finish.

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Registrants of the B.A.A. Half Marathon should receive their bib number in the mail. If you do not receive your bib number by one week prior to the event, send a detailed e-mail to halfregistration@baa.org. If you are changing your address between now and the B.A.A. Half Marathon, please let the B.A.A. know, so your bib number is sent to your correct location.
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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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Portable toilets will be located at each fluid and each first aid station. Stations are every other mile beginning at mile two. We've also added many portable toilets to the start and finish area near White Stadium.

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Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water will be available at every other mile beginning at mile two, and G Series Pro Endurance Formula™ will be available at miles six, 9.5, and 10.5. PowerBar Gel® will be available near mile six. For more information on the course map, click the button below:

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There will be a random selection component to the registration process for the 2015 B.A.A. Half Marathon when entries are accepted next week. The total field size for the event is 8,500 participants.

There are 2,640 runners currently pre-registered for the event though B.A.A. Distance Medley (B.A.A. 5K, B.A.A. 10K, and B.A.A. Half Marathon) registration held in January. An additional 700 runners will comprise the Dana-Farber Fundraising Team and each will raise at least $750 for the Jimmy Fund. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund have been the event's presenting sponsor since 2003. Once the elite field and other invitational entries are filled, this will leave approximately 5,000 entries available through online registration on July 15.

Registration will open on Wednesday, July 15, at 10:00 a.m. ET, and 2,000 entrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The remaining 3,000 spots will be filled through random selection of applicants who submit an entry by Thursday, July 16, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

* Participants who have already registered for the B.A.A. Distance Medley during the registration period in January 2015 are already registered for the B.A.A. Half Marathon and should not re-register on July 15.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Entry for the B.A.A. Half Marathon will be held entirely online at www.baa.org, and the entry fee is $75 USD.
  • No additional fee will be imposed for an entry submission into the random selection.
  • Participants in the B.A.A. Half Marathon must be at least 14-years old on race day.
  • Every submission has an equal chance of being selected, and the odds of being selected will be based on the total number of submissions received.
  • Only one submission per person will be accepted.
  • Entry in the B.A.A. Half Marathon cannot be transferred, refunded, or deferred.
  • Those who are accepted through random selection and those not accepted will receive notification from the B.A.A. on Friday, July 17 via email.
  • If you are not chosen in the random selection, you will not be charged the entry fee.
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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.

B.A.A. Moment 1

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.