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:info@baa.org

Frequently Asked Questions

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Portable toilets will be located at each fluid and each first aid station. Stations are every mile beginning at mile two. We've also added many port-a-johns to the start area and the athlete's village.

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Bring a photo I.D. and / or proof of payment (cancelled check or credit card statement) to the registration area, and we will issue a new number. We will cancel your previous number, and void the timing device so that no one can misrepresent you.
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Bring a photo I.D. and proof of payment (cancelled check or credit card statement) 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.
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To register for the Boston Marathon, you will need to provide the following information on the registration form:

  • Your full name
  • Birthdate
  • Mailing address and phone number
  • Email address
  • Your qualifying race name, date run, and your qualifying time
  • Your credit card information (we accept Visa and Mastercard)
  • Two emergency contact names and phone numbers
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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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Clocks will be located at every mile and 5 km mark along the course (clocks will display the elapsed time from the 10:00 a.m. start only - Wave 2 runners simply need to deduct 25 minutes from the displayed time, Wave 3 runners must deduct one hour from the displayed time, and Wave 4 runners must deduct 1 hour and 25 minutes from the displayed time.)

All of the above is subject to change.

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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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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.

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No bags will be allowed on buses from Boston to Hopkinton, and bags will not be transported from Hopkinton back to Boston. Bags will not be allowed in certain areas at or near the start in Hopkinton, at or near the finish in Boston, or along the course. At the conclusion of the race, the B.A.A. will provide you with a Heatsheet® Warmth Retention Cape for warmth.

A gear check opportunity on Boston Common will be available on the morning of the Boston Marathon, allowing official participants to have a change of clothing (shoes, pants, shirt, jacket) at the conclusion of the race. The bag to be used for this purpose will be provided at Number Pick-up by the B.A.A.  Only this B.A.A.-provided, clear, plastic bag can be used for this purpose. No other bags will be accepted. Any items that you would like to have with you at the conclusion of the race must be placed inside the clear, plastic bag that the B.A.A. will provide for you. You must leave this clear, plastic bag at the gear check area on Boston Common prior to boarding the B.A.A. shuttle bus to the start in Hopkinton. Please be aware that the gear check area on Boston Common is approximately one half mile from the exit of the finish area at Arlington Street.

More information will be forthcoming.

All of the above is subjec to change.

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Your qualifying time is based on your age on the day of the Boston Marathon, thus your qualifying time will be 3hrs 25 min – and you can be 44 when you run your qualifying race.

For more information on qualifying times, click here

B.A.A. Moment 6

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. Pictured (left to right) above are seven of the eight women who participanted in the first official women's field of the Boston Marathon - Nina Kusciak, Katherine Switzer, Elaine Pederson, Ginny Collins, Pat Barrett, Frances Morrison, Sara Mae Berman (not pictured - Valerie Rogosheske).