Boston Marathon Registration Opens September 12

06 SEP 2011
116th Boston Marathon is on April 16, 2012

 BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today issued a reminder that registration for the 2012 Boston Marathon will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET on Monday, September 12, 2011. Its new registration process will allow the fastest qualifiers to register first, and the registration period will continue for two weeks, or until the field size is reached. Race registration will be held entirely online at

On Monday, September 12, eligible runners who’ve met the qualifying standards for their age and gender by 20 minutes or more may register. On September 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standards by 10 minutes or more (if space remains), and on Friday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET (if space remains), registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standards by five minutes or more.

Registration will close from Saturday, September 17 at 10:00 p.m., ET and, (if space remains) will re-open on Monday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET to all qualifiers until September 23 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Those who are the fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender will be accepted. 

Boston Marathon Registration Dates

Monday, September 12           Qualifiers 20 minutes, 00 seconds or faster

Wednesday, September 14    Qualifiers 10 minutes, 00 seconds or faster, (if space remains)

Friday, September 16             Qualifiers 5 minutes, 00 seconds or faster, (if space remains)

Monday, September 19           All qualifiers, (if space remains)

Friday, September 23             Registration closes


A few important notes:

  • The 2012 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 16, 2012.
  • The field size for the 2012 Boston Marathon will not represent a significant increase from recent years.
  • The qualifying standards for the 2012 Boston Marathon have not changed from recent years.
  • The 59 seconds which had been given to runners in years past is only applicable for week two qualifiers (September 19 – September 23).
  • If space remains available after the two week process, registration will remain open to any qualifier on a first come, first served basis until the maximum field size is reached.
  • The B.A.A. will make an announcement if the field size limit is reached prior to the conclusion of the registration period.
  • Though the B.A.A. will e-mail registrants upon the completion of their form, runners are not officially entered into the race until their qualifying time is verified. This can take a matter of seconds or days depending on the race.
  • The qualification window for the 2013 Boston Marathon will begin on Saturday, September 24, or as soon as 2012 registration closes.
  • The qualifying standards for the 2013 Boston Marathon are five minutes more stringent than the standards for the 2012 race, as shown below.  

2012 Boston Marathon Qualifying Standards

Age Group                   Men                 Women

18-34                           3hrs 10min      3hrs 40min

35-39                           3hrs 15min      3hrs 45min

40-44                           3hrs 20min      3hrs 50min

45-49                           3hrs 30min      4hrs 00min

50-54                           3hrs 35min      4hrs 05min

55-59                           3hrs 45min      4hrs 15min

60-64                           4hrs 00min      4hrs 30min

65-69                           4hrs 15min      4hrs 45min

70-74                           4hrs 30min      5hrs 00min

75-79                           4hrs 45min      5hrs 15min

80 and over                 5hrs 00min      5hrs 30min


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Boston Marathon Registration Opens September 12

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