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Participant Information: Athlete Registration

Registration Information


Registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon for qualified athletes is closed. Registration for the 2017 Boston Marathon is expected to open in September of 2016. If you wish to particpate in next April's race, you can look to register through one of our official charities. To learn more about the Official Charity Program for the Boston Marathon, click the button below:




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 Saturday, September 13, 2014, and remained open until the conclusion of registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon (Wednesday, September 23). To qualify for the Boston Marathon, athletes must meet standards which corresponded to age and gender. To learn more about the qualfying standards, click the button below:




  • Athletes may not compete in a manner which, in the exclusive judgment of race officials, interferes with race operations or other participants.
  • Athletes must be able to compete the entire 26.2 mile course within six hours (net time).
  • Non-qualified participants (those who receive an invitational waiver) will be assigned bib numbers based on the date their application is received and will start the race immediately behind the qualified field.
  • No one who is assigned a bib (either through the qualification process or by invitational entry) may give it to another individual, and those who do will be prohibited from entering any future B.A.A. race.
  • Race applications and accepted entries may not be transferred, sold, used for auction, or distributed in any manner. The B.A.A. does monitor websites commonly used for selling race entries and bib numbers.
  • If an athlete is unable to participate on April 18, 2016, the athlete will not be eligible for a deferment.


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.