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Participant Information: Registration FAQs

Learn more about registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon

When and how can I register?

Registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET, and will occur on a “rolling admission” schedule, beginning with the fastest qualifiers. The field size has been set at 30,000 entrants, and runners will be seeded based on qualifying time.

The date you are allowed to register will correspond with the amount of time by which you’ve beat your qualifying standard.

Registration schedule:

  • Monday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET: registration opens to runners who have met their standard by 20 minutes, 00 seconds or more.
  • Wednesday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m ET: if space remains, registration opens for runners who have met their standard by 10 minutes 00 seconds or more.
  • Friday, September 18 at 10:00 a.m. ET: if space remains, registration opens to those who have met their standard by 5 minutes, 00 seconds or more.
  • Registration will close for the week on Saturday, September 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET.
  • If space remains after the first week of registration, 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.
  • Registration will be held entirely online.
  • Access to the application form will be posted on the registration page on our website beginning on September 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

To find out what day you are allowed to register, you can use our registration calculator:

Registration Date Calculator - CLICK HERE

What information do I need to register?

To register for the Boston Marathon, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Birth date
  • Mailing address and phone number
  • Email address
  • Your qualifying race name, date run, location of the race, and your qualifying time (net time)
  • Your credit card information (we accept Visa and Mastercard), including the 3-digit security code
  • Two emergency contact names and phone numbers

Do I need to register right at 10:00 a.m. ET on my designated date?
No, not during the first two weeks of registration. Since the first two weeks of registration is based on the fastest qualifiers being accepted (not first-come, first-served), then registering later during your designated time will suffice. However, during week three of registration (if space remains), we will be taking submissions on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can you announce how many spots are filled, or how many are left DURING THE FIRST TWO WEEKS?

Since the registration process for the Boston Marathon is constantly evolving, we do not announce how many entries have been accepted, or how many are left. Registration during the first two weeks is NOT on a first-come, first-served basis. A submission is recorded, and then the verification process takes place. Because of this process, registration amounts fluctuate too much to announce an total number any given time. 

Our registration process in the first two weeks is not like purchasing tickets for another sporting event or a movie, where once a seat is purchased, it can be recorded as being filled. There is a wide variance of time with which it takes to verify a qualifying time and "fill the seat".

As best as we can, we will update the public with as much information as possible, including the times that registration opens and closes. Please stay tuned to this website, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages for up-to-date information.

What is the entry fee?
The registration fee for the 2016 Boston Marathon for qualifiers is $180 (USD) for United States residents and $240 (USD) for international residents. This fee is non-refundable, non-transferrable, and may not be deferred to another year.

My card has been charged, but I haven’t received a confirmation of acceptance email yet. Does this mean I’ve been accepted?
No, depending on your bank, you will see a pre-approval draft or a PENDING charge on your account. This may appear for several days, and may disappear. You will not actually be charged until you are officially accepted. If you are not accepted, your pending charge will be reversed.

If you have been officially accepted into the 2016 Boston Marathon, then you will receive a confirmation of acceptance card in the mail. The mailing of these cards will commence this coming mid-October. Please be sure to submit a valid mailing address to ensure you receive your card.

No. As in previous years, the B.A.A. does not offer refunds, deferments, or bib transfers to other runners.

How do I enter the Boston Marathon through the Charity Program?

The Boston Athletic Association, committed to encouraging and promoting fitness through athletics, has developed a program to assist charitable organizations by providing guaranteed entries for fundraising. For more information on our official charity program for the 2016 Boston Marathon, click the button below:

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How do I register through the Athletes with Disabilities program?

Registration for Athletes with Disabilities will open on Monday, October 5, at 10:00 a.m. ET, and will occur using the same “rolling admissions” schedule. You can look up qualifying requirements and further information at the AWD page by clicking the button below:

Athletes With Disabilities - click here

How do I qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon and how do I determine my qualifying requirements?

To qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon, you must run a qualifying time for your gender and age group at a USATF certified full marathon or a foreign equivalent. Your race must be run within the 2016 qualifying window, which began on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

To learn more about qualify standards, click the button below:

Please note: Your qualifying standard corresponds with the age you will be on 2016 Boston Marathon race day. For example, if you ran your qualifying time in October 2013 at age 49, but you will be 50 on April 18th, 2016, you must meet the requirement for runners ages 50-54.

If I submit my entry earlier than my designated registration day, will it still go through?
No. If you attempt to submit an application before your designated registration window, your entry will not go through. Please note that you must wait until 10:00 a.m. ET on your designated day to begin filling out your online entry form. If you submit a false time, your registration will become void, and you will need to re-register during your designated time.

How will I know if I have been accepted?
When you submit your entry form, you will receive an email confirmation stating that your entry has been received. At this time, you will also receive a reference ID. This is not a guarantee that you have been accepted; it is only a confirmation that we have received your application, and it will now go through the verification process. Once your information has been verified and your entry fee has been processed, you will receive an official confirmation of acceptance email. Please note that the verification process can take up to several days.

What are my chances of being accepted?
This varies from year to year. Mainly, it depends on the number of applicants that we have in relation to our field size capacity. The 2014 Boston Marathon registration closed in approximately two weeks. And the cut-off time (the time you needed to run UNDER your respective qualifying standard) was 98 seconds. For the 2015 Boston Marathon, registration closed by the second week, and the cut-off time was 62 seconds.

For more information on our FAQs, click the button below:

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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.