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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 will open on Monday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

For more information on the athlete registration procedure, click the button below:

 

The athlete registration procedure 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.

A FEW IMPORTANT NOTES

  • ACHIEVING ONE'S QUALIFYING STANDARD DOES NOT GUARANTEE ENTRY, BUT SIMPLY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUBMIT FOR REGISTRATION.
  • 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)
  • 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.

To see the qualifying standards for the 2016 Boston Marathon, click the button below:

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.