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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)
One Ash Street
Hopkinton MA 01748
phone:508-435-6905
fax:508-435-6590
e-mail:registration@baa.org

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Entrants in the Boston Marathon who have submitted a time that meets the qualifying standard for their age and gender will be seeded accordingly. Entrants without a qualifying time will be assigned a bib number accordingly.

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The qualification window for the 2017 Boston Marathon opened on September 19, 2015.

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While there is no 'official charity' program for the B.A.A. Half Marathon like there is for the Boston Marathon, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund field a large team of runners every year who, through fundraising, help them further cancer research.

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Yes, if you run your improved qualifying time within the current qualifying window for the next Boston Marathon, you can reuse it to submit during the next registration period. For information on the current qualifying window, click the button below:

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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.

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The B.A.A. does not decide whether a qualifying race is certified or not. The race director or race management of that event can tell you if a course is certified. For a complete list of certified courses in the U.S.A. check USA Track & Field. In Canada check Athletics Canada. Internationally, an extensive calendar of races is listed at the Association of International Marathon and Road Races website, with indication of courses that are not certified.
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Registration for the Boston Marathon typically opens in early September, approximately seven months before the race. The B.A.A. uses a process to register runners which allows the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first.

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Unfortunately, Boston Marathon bib numbers and entry fees cannot be refunded. Regrettably, we do not allow deferment of race entry to another year. Runner bib numbers cannot be transferred to another participant, and you may not give your number to someone else. The Boston Marathon is a top-level sporting competition, and the B.A.A. seeks to uphold the integrity of both its entrants list and field and the results and awards reports and rankings.

Refunds or deferments of bib numbers for the Boston Marathon will not be granted for any reason, including injury, pregnancy, military exercise or deployment, and family emergencies. We regret that we cannot make exceptions.

For active duty military deployments to war zones, deferment of qualifying times will be honored for a later race. However, there will be no refund or deferment of bib numbers or entry fee. The B.A.A. appreciates the understanding from all who ask this question of the race organization, and we appreciate the cooperation in upholding the policies that are in place.

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The B.A.A. will broadcast every five kilometer split to its website and family and friends can track your progress by logging in and entering your name or bib number. The "face" of the Boston Marathon website will change on race day and the process on how to enter the search will be clear. The AT&T Athlete Alert program allows messages to be automatically delivered to any US mobile phone, a pager, or any email address.

Alerts will be broadcast when your runner crosses the starting line, reaches the 10K, half marathon and 30K marks, and from the finish line. Runners or their family and friends can register in three ways:

  • Via text message or SMS, (after registering, you'll receive a text message confirming how to complete registration).
  • Visiting the AT&T Athlete Alert Sign-Up page at the race website, www.baa.org, and sign up there.
  • Registering in person. Representatives will be available in the Bib Number Pick-up area at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo.
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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. Due to field size limitations, as well as a hightened interest in participation, a "cutoff" time (a time below the minimum qualifying standard for age and gender) has been established. Below is a list of when entrants needed to obtain a faster time than their minimum standard in order to be accepted into the race:

  • For the 2012 Boston Marathon, the cutoff for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 74 seconds or faster. 
  • For the 2014 Boston Marathon, the cutoff for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 98 seconds or faster.
  • For the 2015 Boston Marathon, the cutoff for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 62 seconds or faster.
  • For the 2016 Boston Marathon, the cutoff for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 2:28 or faster.

Although these were the cases for previous years, we cannot predict how competitive the registration process will be for any given year, or how quickly it will fill. If you don’t have a qualifying time but still wish to participate, you can apply to run for the Boston Marathon Official Charity Program. Click the button below for more information:

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