2016 Boston Marathon Qualifier Acceptances

Contact Info:
T.K. Skenderian (Communications Director)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
e-mail:tk@baa.org
30 SEP 2015
Notification to applicants on Wednesday, September 30

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today continued its notification to applicants of their acceptance into the 2016 Boston Marathon®. In preparation for the 2016 Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. implemented the same registration process for qualified runners as it used in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Marathons, allowing the fastest qualifiers to register first. The 120th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016 and will mark the 31st consecutive year that the event will have John Hancock Financial as its principal sponsor.

In cooperation with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route, the B.A.A. has set the field size for the 2016 Boston Marathon at 30,000 official entrants. More than 80% of the field will be comprised of athletes who have met the qualifying standards. The balance will consist of invitational entrants, many of whom run for local charitable organizations. Since 1989, between the B.A.A.’s Official Charity Program and principal sponsor John Hancock Financial’s Non-Profit Bib Program for the Boston Marathon, more than $234 million has been raised for charity. 

Registration for runners who met the B.A.A.’s Qualifying Standards for the 2016 Boston Marathon began on Monday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET using a “rolling admission” schedule and continued through Saturday, September 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET. Registration re-opened on Monday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. and application submissions were received through Wednesday, September 23 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Qualifiers who were two minutes, 28 seconds (2:28) or faster than the Qualifying time for their age group and gender were accepted into the 2016 Boston Marathon.

  • 28,594 applications were received during the registration period for qualifiers.
  • 24,032 Qualified applicants have been accepted to date or are in the process of being accepted, pending verification of their qualifying performance.
  • 4,562 applicants were unable to be accepted due to the large number of eligible qualifiers who submitted an application for entry combined with field size limitations.
  • Details of the B.A.A.’s registration process for Qualifiers can be found on the following web page: http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/athlete-registration.aspx

During the registration period, the breakdown of accepted Qualifiers was as follows:

  • 4,744 Qualifiers met their qualifying time by 20 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
  • 7,495 Qualifiers met their qualifying time by 10 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
  • 6,849 Qualifiers met their qualifying time by 05 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
  • 4,540 Qualifiers met their qualifying time by 02 minutes, 28 seconds or faster.
  • 404 Qualifiers were accepted based on finishing 10 or more consecutive Boston Marathons.

During the second week of registration, 5,252 Qualifiers were accepted.

Those who submitted a verified qualifying performance that was 2 minutes, 28 seconds or faster than the qualifying standard for their age and gender have been accepted into the race. Qualifying performances for the 2016 Boston Marathon must have been run between September 13, 2014 and September 19, 2015.  Notices via e-mail to those accepted will be issued by the B.A.A. beginning today.

Of the registered athletes, 404 Qualifiers who have an active streak of ten or more consecutive Boston Marathons completed entered during a pre-registration period in August and have been accepted. In the coming months, qualified elite athletes and athletes with disabilities will be added to the field.

For reference, Qualifiers needed to be one minute, 02 seconds or faster for their age group and gender for the 2015 Boston Marathon, and one minute, 38 seconds or faster for their age group and gender for the 2014 Boston Marathon. 

The names of those runners who have been accepted will be posted on the “Entrants” page.

“For so many runners, qualifying and participating in the Boston Marathon is the highlight of their running careers," said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “It is extraordinarily difficult to inform those who have qualified that the field size is limited and there is not enough space for everyone. We have worked hard to ensure a fair and balanced registration process that gives qualified runners the best opportunity to participate in the Boston Marathon. In order to ensure the greatest race experience for runners, spectators, and everyone in the community, we work with many constituencies to determine the most optimal field size.”

Notices to those who submitted an application for entry but who were not accepted were also issued today.

2016 BOSTON MARATHON: Men’s Qualifying Standards and Accepted Times*

AGE GROUPQUALIFYING STANDARDTIMES ACCEPTED**
18-34 3hrs 05min 00sec 3hrs 02min 32sec
35-39 3hrs 10min 00sec 3hrs 07min 32sec
40-44 3hrs 15min 00sec 3hrs 12min 32sec
45-49 3hrs 25min 00sec 3hrs 22min 32sec
50-54 3hrs 30min 00sec 3hrs 27min 32sec
55-59 3hrs 40min 00sec 3hrs 37min 32sec
60-64 3hrs 55min 00sec 3hrs 52min 32sec
65-69 4hrs 10min 00sec 4hrs 07min 32sec
70-74 4hrs 25min 00sec 4hrs 22min 32sec
75-79 4hrs 40min 00sec 4hrs 37min 32sec
80 and older 4hrs 55min 00sec 4hrs 52min 32sec

2016 BOSTON MARATHON: Women’s Qualifying Standards and Accepted Times*

AGE GROUPQUALIFYING STANDARDTIMES ACCEPTED**
18-34 3hrs 35min 00sec 3hrs 32min 32sec
35-39 3hrs 40min 00sec 3hrs 37min 32sec
40-44 3hrs 45min 00sec 3hrs 42min 32sec
45-49 3hrs 55min 00sec 3hrs 52min 32sec
50-54 4hrs 00min 00sec 3hrs 57min 32sec
55-59 4hrs 10min 00sec 4hrs 07min 32sec
60-64 4hrs 25min 00sec 4hrs 22min 32sec
65-69 4hrs 40min 00sec 4hrs 37min 32sec
70-74 4hrs 55min 00sec 4hrs 52min 32sec
75-79 5hrs 10min 00sec 5hrs 07min 32sec
80 and older 5hrs 25min 00sec 5hrs 22min 32sec

* Potential, qualified entrants for the 2016 Boston Marathon must have met the designated time standard that corresponds with their age group and gender in a certified marathon on or after September 13, 2014 and prior to having submitted an entry application. Proof of qualification must accompany each athlete's application, and participants are required to be 18 years or older on race day.

** Faster than and including.

Qualifying performances achieved on or after Saturday, September 19, 2015 will be valid for 2017 Boston Marathon registration submissions. The registration dates for that year’s race have not yet been established.

 

ATHLETES WITH DISABILITIES - QUALIFYING TIMES & REGISTRATION DATES

Registration for Athletes with Disabilities will occur on a "rolling admission" schedule, beginning with the fastest qualifiers on Monday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m. ET. For more information, click the button below:

ABOUT THE BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (B.A.A.)

Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs, including high performance athletes and running club. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2015. The 120th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.

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2016 Boston Marathon Qualifier Acceptances

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today continued its notification to applicants of their acceptance into the 2016 Boston Marathon®. In preparation for the 2016 Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. implemented the same registration process for qualified runners as it used in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Marathons, allowing the fastest qualifiers to register first. The 120th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016 and will mark the 31st consecutive year that the event will have John Hancock Financial as its principal sponsor.

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