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Participant Information: Qualifying

How to enter into the Boston Marathon

The qualification window for the 2016 Boston Marathon began on September 13, 2014. Registration is expected to open in September of 2015. Exact dates will be announced before that time.

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


  • 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 are the same as the qualifying standards for the 2015 Boston Marathon (click button below to see standards)
  • There is no 59 second “cushion” allowed for qualifying times for the 2016 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.

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.