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Participant Information: Athlete Registration

Registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon is CLOSED

Registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon has now closed. The registration process for the 2015 Boston Marathon began on September 8, and the maximum number of athletes who ran a qualifying performance and submitted their application for entry has now been reached.

REGISTRATION PROCESS

The 119th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and will mark the 30th consecutive year that the event will have John Hancock Financial as its principal sponsor.

The qualification window for the 2015 Boston Marathon began last year on September 14, 2013. Registration occured on a “rolling admission” schedule, beginning with the fastest qualifiers:

  • On Monday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m ET, eligible runners who met the qualifying standard for their age and gender by 20 minutes or more were able to register.
  • On Wednesday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET, eligible runners who met the qualifying standard for their age and gender by 10 minutes or more were able to register.
  • On Friday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. ET, eligible runners who met the qualifying standard for their age and gender by 5 minutes or more were able to register.
  • Registration closed on Saturday, September 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET.
  • Registration reopened for all qualifiers from Monday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Wednesday, September 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
  • As during the first week of registration, entry during this period (September 15 - 17) was not first-come, first-served and the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group among these submissions will be given entry as space allows.
  • Registration closed on Wednesday, September 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET, as the maximum number of athletes who ran a qualifying performance and submitted their application for entry had been reached.

The registration process ensures that the fastest qualifiers will be accepted first.  However, achieving one’s qualifying standard does not guarantee entry. Those who are the fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender group will be accepted.

The registration fee for the 2015 Boston Marathon for qualifiers is $175 USD for United States residents and $225 USD for international residents.

Working 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 2015 Boston Marathon at 30,000 entrants. The 2013 Boston Marathon had 27,000 official entrants, and the special 118th Boston Marathon in 2014 featured a larger field size of 36,000 entrants (32,530 starters; 32,004 finishers).

 

A FEW IMPORTANT NOTES

  • The 2015 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • The qualifying standards for the 2015 Boston Marathon (shown below) are the same as the qualifying standards for the 2014 Boston Marathon.
  • There is no 59 second “cushion” allowed for qualifying times for the 2015 Boston Marathon. This is unchanged from recent years.
  • Though the B.A.A. will email registrants upon the completion of their form, runners are not officially entered into the race until their qualifying time is verified. This length of time may vary and can be as long as several days, depending on the qualifying marathon.
  • The qualification window for the 2015 Boston Marathon began on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

 

2016 BOSTON MARATHON

  • The qualification window for the 2016 Boston Marathon will begin on Saturday, September 13, 2014.
  • Registration dates for the 2016 Boston Marathon have not yet been announced.
  • The qualifying standards for the 2016 Boston Marathon, shown below, are the same as the qualifying standards for the 2015 Boston Marathon. 
  • The 2016 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016.


2015 BOSTON MARATHON QUALIFYING STANDARDS

Effective September 14, 2013. All standards below are based on official submitted net time.

Age GroupMenWomen
18-34 3hrs 05min 00sec 3hrs 35min 00sec
35-39 3hrs 10min 00sec 3hrs 40min 00sec
40-44 3hrs 15min 00sec 3hrs 45min 00sec
45-49 3hrs 25min 00sec 3hrs 55min 00sec
50-54 3hrs 30min 00sec 4hrs 00min 00sec
55-59 3hrs 40min 00sec 4hrs 10min 00sec
60-64 3hrs 55min 00sec 4hrs 25min 00sec
65-69 4hrs 10min 00sec 4hrs 40min 00sec
70-74 4hrs 25min 00sec 4hrs 55min 00sec
75-79 4hrs 40min 00sec 5hrs 10min 00sec
80 and over 4hrs 55min 00sec 5hrs 25min 00sec

 

All of the above information is subject to change

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.