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Participant Information: Qualifying Races

Qualifying Races Around the World

Boston Marathon qualifying times must be run at an event that has a certified marathon course. Races courses must be certified by USA Track and Field, Association for International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), or a national governing body for distance running for the country in which the race is held.

To check if a race is certified, please visit the links below, or contact the event you are intending to compete in directly*:

  • For a list of USA Track and Field (USATF) certified courses, click here
  • To search USATF for a particular race, click here
  • For a list of Association of International Marathons (AIMS) certified courses, click here

*If the race you intend to run is not yet certified by USATF, AIMS, or foreign equivalent, please have the directors of the race secure such a designation before you attempt to qualify within the race. Qualifying times attained on non-certified courses will not be recognized by the Boston Athletic Association.

Qualifying marathons for Boston must meet the following criteria:

  • USA Track and Field (or foreign equivalent) certified to attest to the exact 26.2 mile distance
  • Three or more officially entered competitors
  • Event must be advertised and promoted prior the race day
  • Transponder timing system is used as the official timing device
  • Run outdoors
  • If a course is NOT timed utilizing a transponder system, written, recorded check-sheets at each 5k checkpoint are acceptable and to supplement the recording with video images of runners running along the race course and across the finish line
  • The B.A.A. does not accept time-trials, handicapped marathons, treadmill marathons or marathons conducted indoors as qualifying events
  • The B.A.A. will only honor a qualifying performance achieved at an Ironman if the marathon portion of the event is officially timed and certified to attest to the exact 26.2 mile distance
  • If a race course is altered from its most previous certification and measurement, a new measurement and certification must be made before the next occurrence of the marathon is held. All of these changes must be submitted by the race director and approved by USATF, AIMS, or foreign equivalent.

The marathons most frequently used to qualify at, register for, and be accepted into the Boston Marathon are listed below. The list below does NOT reflect how many individuals achieve a qualifying performance at each respective event. The list below does NOT represent a complete list of marathons used to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

TOP QUALIFYING RACES AS PER ACCEPTED ATHLETES
2017 Boston Marathon
2016 Chicago Marathon
2016 New York City Marathon
2016 California International Marathon
2016 Philadelphia Marathon
2017 Erie Marathon
2017 Mountains 2 Beach Marathon
2017 REVEL Mt Charleston Marathon
2016 Berlin Marathon
2016 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
2016 Twin Cities Marathon
2017 London Marathon
2016 St George Marathon
2016 Richmond Marathon
2017 Grandma's Marathon
2017 Ottawa Marathon
2017 Phoenix Marathon
2016 Baystate Marathon
2017 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon
2017 Lehigh Valley Via Marathon
2016 Steamtown Marathon
2016 Marine Corps Marathon
2016 Mohawk Hudson River Marathon
2017 Jack and Jill's Downhill Marathon
2017 Bayshore Marathon

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Qualifying Races

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