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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Registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon will open next fall, but the date has not yet been determined. Please monitor our website, baa.org, for an opening date announcement over the summer.

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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.
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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.

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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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Boston Marathon official Finishers’ Certificates and Racers’ Record Books are typically produced in May and June, and then mailed out in July. Delivery can take up to several weeks to be delivered. Please contact the registration office by sending an email with your current mailing address to registration@baa.org in early September if you do not receive either of these items.

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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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The qualification window for the 2016 Boston Marathon opened on September 13, 2014.

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Registration for the 2015 B.A.A. 5K will open on February 4, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Registration will occur at www.baa.org. The field size for the 2015 race will be 10,000 participants.

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Registration for the Boston Marathon typically begins in the Fall prior to the race. We cannot predict how quickly registration will fill, but once it does, we are no longer able to accept registrations. The date that we close registration, therefore, becomes the deadline for qualifying.

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There is no waiting list for the Boston Marathon. Once it is announced that registration is closed, we are no longer able to accept entries.

B.A.A. Moment 3

1966 - Bobbi Gibb

Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.