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01 JUL 2015
Registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, September 14, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. ET. The B.A.A. will use the same process to register qualified runners as it used for the Boston Marathon in 2013, 2014, and 2015, allowing the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first. The 120th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and for the 31st consecutive year the event will be sponsored by John Hancock Financial. Registration will be held entirely online at The qualification window for the 2016 Boston Marathon began on September 13, 2014.
21 JUN 2015

Despite a heavy rain falling consistently from start to finish, Kenyans Daniel Salel and Mary Wacera were able to persevere and prevail at the fifth annual B.A.A. 10K, claiming victories in 28:09 and 32:07, respectively. Salel made a decisive move in the final straightaway to pry victory from two-time defending champion Stephen Sambu, while Wacera overtook marathon ace Edna Kiplagat in the final mile to win by eight seconds. Temperatures were in the mid-60s Fahrenheit for the race with negligible wind.

20 JUN 2015
Despite an unfavorable weather forecast for Sunday, the fifth annual B.A.A. 10K will be held and will start at 8:00 a.m. ET. The weather calls for a significant amount of rainfall – with rain heavy at times – beginning overnight and continuing into the morning hours. The possibility of thunderstorms does exist.  It is not possible to predict the exact conditions on race day, but safety and common sense should always be the rule: in the event of a thunderstorm please seek shelter whether pre-race, on-course, or post-race. Please plan and dress accordingly. The race organization, operations and volunteer staff will direct you in the morning.  You may wish to review the Participant Guide which was mailed to you in early June to familiarize yourself with the provisions and services which the B.A.A. will provide.  All of this information is also posted on the B.A.A. 10K web pages:
15 JUN 2015

The 2015 B.A.A. 10K on Sunday, June 21, will bring together some of the fastest and most decorated runners in the world, led by Boston Marathon winners, World Championship medalists, and a pair of two-time B.A.A. 10K champions. Run on a blistering fast course through Boston's Back Bay and Beacon Hill neighborhood, the B.A.A. 10K will showcase several of the world's top athletes as they return to familiar territory.

12 MAY 2015

Today, USA Track & Field (USATF) announced that Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) High Performance coach Terrence Mahon will serve as Team USA’s Coach of Women’s Middle & Long Distance athletes at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, from August 22 to 30. Mahon will lead the American contingent as our team competes against the world’s best athletes, assisting with the team’s preparations and management.

21 APR 2015

On the 40th Anniversary of Bob Hall’s pioneering race to become the first athlete to officially complete the Boston Marathon in a wheelchair, 50 push-rim wheelchair participants completed the 119th Boston Marathon. Top finishers divided a prize purse of $84,500, provided by principal sponsor John Hancock Financial Services.

20 APR 2015

In 2013, Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa stormed to victory in the 117th Boston Marathon. Twelve months later, he returned with a weight of expectation on his shoulders, the result being a devastating DNF. In 2015, Desisa came to Boston with a point to prove - which he did in demonstrative fashion after a race that was epic from gun to tape, with more plot twists than a soap opera. Desisa stayed strong through less than ideal conditions, breaking the tape on Boylston Street in a time of 2:09:17.

20 APR 2015

By the 5K mark of the 119th Boston Marathon, Desiree Linden had shed her hat and tossed away her long-sleeved shirt. If the 31-year-old American had to be the one to assure that this year’s race was run at an honest pace, with no excuses for the biting 45-degree chill and nerve-wracking headwind that would worsen to gusts of 29 mph by the finish, so be it.

18 APR 2015

At the seventh annual B.A.A. 5K, New England native Ben True ran his way into the record books, clocking a national record time of 13:22 to win his third B.A.A. 5K title. True became the first athlete in race history to claim three titles, a testament to his fast finishing kick and determination.

18 APR 2015

The early forecasts for the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015, are showing the potential for rain and cooler temperatures as the day progresses.

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.