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

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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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Registration for the 2015 B.A.A. 10K will open on Wednesday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Registration will occur at www.baa.org. The field size for the 2016 race will be 10,000 participants.

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Yes, the qualifying requirements for the 2016 Boston Marathon will remain the same as they were for 2014 and 2015. For more information on our qualifying standards, click the button below:

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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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Yes, if you ran your improved time on or after September 13, 2014, you can reuse it to register for the 2016 Boston Marathon, since it falls within the 2016 qualifying window.

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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 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.