What is the best way to make Boston Marathon hotel reservations and how do I know where the hotels are in relation to the finish area?
What do I need with me when registering for the Boston Marathon?
To register for the Boston Marathon, you will need to provide the following information on the registration form:
What do I do if I don’t receive or if I lose my Boston Marathon Number Pick-up Card?
Bring a government issued photo I.D. to the card replacement desk in the Number Pick-up area, and we will issue a new card. A Number Pick-up Card must be presented in order to receive your number.
If you have lost your card, please come to the Replacement Number Pick-Up booth at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo with a valid photo ID, and a duplicate will be reissued to you. This booth will be located in the Number Pick-Up area.
If I finish the Boston Marathon, what will I receive?
All finishers will receive a specially designed medal before exiting the finish chutes. No finisher’s certificates will be issued on site, but will be mailed to all finishers once all of the results are made official. This process usually is completed by the summer following the race.
How are team results calculated in the Half Marathon?
Are walkers allowed on the Boston Marathon course?
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.
When will registration open for the B.A.A. 10K?
Registration for the B.A.A. 10K typically opens in May. For more information, click the button below:
When will registration open for the B.A.A. 5K?
Registration for the B.A.A. 5K typically opens in late January/early February. For more information, click the button below:
I will be 44 when I run my qualifying race, but will be 45 when I run the Boston Marathon. What is my qualifying standard?
Your qualifying time is based on your age on the day of the Boston Marathon, thus your qualifying standard will be 3hrs 25 min - and you can be 44 when you run your qualifying race.
For more information on qualifying times, click here
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.