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Participant Information: Athlete Registration

Registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon will open Monday, September 14, at 10:00 a.m. ET

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 www.baa.org. The qualification window for the 2016 Boston Marathon began on Saturday, September 13, 2014, and will remain open until the conclusion of registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon. To qualify for the Boston Marathon, athletes must meet time standards which correspond to age and gender. The qualifying standards for the 2016 Boston Marathon remain unchanged from recent years.

To see qualifying standards, click the button below:

Registration will occur on a “rolling admission” schedule, beginning with the fastest qualifiers. On Monday, September 14, eligible runners who have met the qualifying standard for their age and gender by 20 minutes or more may register. On Wednesday, September 16, at 10:00 a.m. ET, if space remains, registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standard by 10 minutes or more. If space remains, registration will open on Friday, September 18, at 10:00 a.m. ET for those who have met their qualifying standard by five minutes or more. Registration will close on Saturday, September 19, at 10:00 p.m. ET.

If space remains after the first week of registration (Monday, September 14, through Saturday, September 19), then registration will re-open for all qualifiers from Monday, September 21, at 10:00 a.m. ET through Wednesday, September 23, at 5:00 p.m. ET. As during the first week of registration, entry during this period (Sept. 21-23) will not be first-come, first-served and the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group among these submissions will be given entry as space allows. If space remains after this initial period, then on Monday, September 28, registration will re-open to anyone who meets the qualifying standards. Registration will remain open on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum field size is reached.

To find out when it is your time to register for the race, please click the button below and enter your information into our registration calculator:

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“Participating in the Boston Marathon is a pinnacle achievement in the lives of a great many distance runners,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. "We are keenly aware of the dedication and commitment required to meet the B.A.A.’s qualifying standards for the Boston Marathon, and we recognize their achievement in our registration process.”

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 2016 Boston Marathon for qualifiers is $180.00 USD for United States residents and $240.00 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. will set and announce the field size for the 2016 Boston Marathon this summer. The 2013 Boston Marathon had 27,000 official entrants, the special 118th Boston Marathon in 2014 featured a larger field size of 36,000 entrants, and the 2015 Boston Marathon had a field size of 30,000 official entrants.

 

BOSTON MARATHON REGISTRATION DATES

  • Monday, September 14 - Qualifiers who have met the qualifying standard by 20 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
  • Wednesday, September 16 - Qualifiers who have met the qualifying standard by 10 minutes, 00 seconds or faster (if space remains).
  • Friday, September 18 - Qualifiers who have met the qualifying standard by 5 minutes, 00 seconds or faster (if space remains).
  • Saturday, September 19 – Registration closes at 10:00 p.m. ET.
  • Monday, September 21 - All qualifiers who have met the qualifying standard (if space remains) may submit an entry.
  • Wednesday, September 23 - Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. ET.  Registration from September 21-23 will not be first-come, first-served and the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group among these submissions will be given entry as space allows.
  • If space remains after this initial period, then on Monday, September 28 registration will re-open to anyone who meets the qualifying standards on a first come, first served basis. Registration will remain open until the maximum field size is reached.

 

A FEW IMPORTANT NOTES

  • The 2016 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • The qualifying standards for the 2016 Boston Marathon, shown below, are the same as the qualifying standards for the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Boston Marathons.
  • 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 2016 Boston Marathon began on Saturday, September 13, 2014, and will remain open until the conclusion of registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon.
  • The qualification window for the 2017 Boston Marathon will be announced during registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon.
  • Registration dates for the 2017 Boston Marathon have not yet been announced.
  • The 2017 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017.

 

All of the above information is subject to change

B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.