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Participant Information: Qualifying Standards

2016 Boston Marathon Qualifying Times

For the 2016 Boston Marathon, qualifying times must be run on or after September 13, 2014

  • The acceptance of official race entrants will be based on qualifying time, with the fastest qualifiers (in relation to their age and gender) being accepted first until the race is full.
  • Only a certified full marathon distance will be accepted for qualifying. Distances shorter than a full marathon will not be accepted.
  • All qualifying times are subject to review and verification.
  • Minimum age requirement for the Boston Marathon is 18 years of age on race day.
  • All standards below are based on official submitted net time.
  • The qualifying times below are based upon each athlete's age on the date of the Boston Marathon in which they are participating.
  • For a list of the top feeder races for the Boston Marathon, click here.
  • The Boston Marathon does not designate which races are official Boston Qualifying events. You must contact the race directly to see if they are certified.

 

2016 BOSTON MARATHON QUALIFYING STANDARDS

Effective September 13, 2014. All standards below are based on official submitted net time.

Age GroupMenWomen
18-34 3hrs 05min 00sec 3hrs 35min 00sec
35-39 3hrs 10min 00sec 3hrs 40min 00sec
40-44 3hrs 15min 00sec 3hrs 45min 00sec
45-49 3hrs 25min 00sec 3hrs 55min 00sec
50-54 3hrs 30min 00sec 4hrs 00min 00sec
55-59 3hrs 40min 00sec 4hrs 10min 00sec
60-64 3hrs 55min 00sec 4hrs 25min 00sec
65-69 4hrs 10min 00sec 4hrs 40min 00sec
70-74 4hrs 25min 00sec 4hrs 55min 00sec
75-79 4hrs 40min 00sec 5hrs 10min 00sec
80 and over 4hrs 55min 00sec 5hrs 25min 00sec

All of the above information is subject to change
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.