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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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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

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Thanks to our principal sponsor, John Hancock Financial, a prize money total of $806,000 is awarded in equal amounts to men and women as follows:

  • Top 15 men and women ($150,000 for first place to $1,500 for 15th place, for a total of $353,000 each for men and women).
  • Top 5 men and women in the 40-and-over division ($10,000 for first place to $1,000 for 5th place, for a total of $20,000 each for men and women).
  • Top 10 men and women in the wheelchair division ($15,000 for first place to $500 for 10th place, for a total of $30,000 each for men and women).
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Awards are presented to the top 10 men and women overall, and the top three men and women in the 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+ division. They are also presented to the top five men and women in the push rim wheelchair division, the first man and woman in the wheelchair quad-class division and the top three men and women in the visually impaired division. Team awards are presented to the members of the first men’s and women’s open team and first men’s and women’s 40-and-over team.

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The 13.1-mile, rolling course combines both a looped and out-and-back route, beginning and ending near White Stadium (also known as Schoolboy Stadium) in Boston's Franklin Park. Past participants in the B.A.A. Half Marathon should note this important change. Essentially, the course has been flipped from past years. From Franklin Park, the race heads North to the Forest Hills Overpass and the Arborway, running adjacent to the Arnold Arboretum. The course turns right at Pond Street and continues North-bound onto the Jamaicaway (which becomes the Riverway), along Jamaica Pond and the other ponds and waterways that comprise Boston's Emerald Necklace. As the Riverway intersects with the Fenway, the race reverses direction with two left turns that sends runners South-bound on the Riverway.

After crossing over Huntington Avenue via overpass, there's a sharp right turn onto River Road in Brookline, followed by a sharp left turn onto Pond Ave. As the course hugs the western border of the Emerald Necklace, it turns left on Francis Parkman Drive, and then turns right on the Arborway and heads back adjacent to the Arboretum, over the Forest Hills Overpass, and into Franklin Park on Franklin Park Drive. In Franklin Park, the race turns right on Circuit Drive/N Jewish War Veterans Drive, and continues in a southward direction into the park for about a mile, before a hairpin turn reverses the course back on the same road.

The course passes the entrance/exit to the park on the left, and continues northward on Circuit Drive/N Jewish War Veterans Drive towards the Franklin Park Zoo. After a right turn on Pierpont Road, the race enters the Zoo for a quick counter-clockwise loop, and exits with a right turn onto Pierpont. Just before Pierpont intersects with Seaver Street, the course cuts across the park in a Western direction and turns right onto Playstead Road, before a finish near White Stadium. Please note that the course will remain open for two hours, 30 minutes after the start. Participants unable to complete the race within that time period will be asked to finish the race on the sidewalk. Timing will conclude 2:30:00 after the start. Go to map of the course.

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Historically, runners who beat their qualifying standard by a larger amount of time are more likely to be accepted into the Boston Marathon. Since our rolling registration procedure was introduced in 2012, a cutoff has occurred 3 times:

  • Due to the high volume of applicants in 2012, the acceptance cutoff was drawn at 74 seconds. 
  • In 2013, we were able to accept all qualified runners who registered during the qualified registration period, so there was no cutoff time. 
  • In 2014, the cutoff for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 98 seconds or faster. The cutoff for the 2015 Boston Marathon was drawn at 62 seconds. 
Although these were the cases for previous years, we cannot predict how competitive the registration process will be for 2016, or how quickly it will fill. If you don’t have a qualifying time but still wish to participate, you can apply to run of one of the B.A.A. official charities by contacting them directly. The 2016 B.A.A. charity program will be posted to the charities page on our website next summer.
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.