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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 sumbit 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, shown below, are the same as the qualifying standards for the 2015 Boston Marathon. SEE QUALIFYING 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.
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1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The starting field of 38,708 for the centennial race stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions. The historic 100th Boston Marathon was monumental for another reason. It was the first time that a chip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon.