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Participant Information: Qualifying Standards

2014 Boston Marathon Qualifying Times

For the 2015 Boston Marathon, qualifying times must be run on or after September 14, 2013

  • 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
  • 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



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



Entrants in the Push Rim Wheelchair Division, Mobility Impaired Division, and Visually Impaired Division are all subject to qualifying standards for their age and gender. These standards are unchanged from recent years.

Class Age Group Men Women
Open (Classes 3 & 4) 18-39 2hrs 00min 2hrs 25min
40-49 2hrs 15min 2hrs 40min
50-Over 2hrs 30min 2hrs 55min
Quad (Classes 1 & 2) 18-39 2hrs 45min 3hrs 10min
40-49 3hrs 00min 3hrs 25min
50-Over 3hrs 15min 3hrs 40min


The qualifying time is 5:00 hours for visually impaired athletes (men and women) classified T11, T12, and T13.


Mobility Impaired participants can apply on the first day of Boston Marathon registration, if qualified. Individuals with permanent disabilities that affect ambulation and who would not otherwise qualify for entry in other divisions are being granted the following extended qualifying times:

  • The qualifying time is 6:00 hours for individuals who, because of the nature of their disability, have difficulty ambulating
  • The qualifying time is 8:00 hours for individuals who, because of the nature of their disability, need mobility aids such as prosthetics, leg braces or crutches to ambulate
  • All other individuals with disabilities followed entry procedures and qualifying standards of either the B.A.A. or the established qualifying standard from the recognized disabled sports organization

For more information about the B.A.A.’s history of inclusion please go to our Athletes with Disabilities page.


The 2014 Boston Marathon will include a separate start for the top female competitors. The Elite Women's Start (EWS) will begin prior to the 10:00 a.m. and performances from this start wil be scored separately from women starting at 10:00 a.m.

  • Open and master division women who consider themselves eligible for prize money in the 2014 Boston Marathon must declare themselves as a contestant for the EWS start
  • Race officials can assist in determining which start - EWS or 10:00 a.m. - is most appropriate
  • Prize money will be awarded to contestants in the EWS only
  • Women who chosse not the start in the EWS waive the right to compete for prize money
  • They may send an email to for further details on format, eligibility, regulations, and instructions


All of the above information is subject to change

B.A.A. Moment 7

1994 - Uta Pippig

Uta Pippig of Germany won the first of her three consecutive victories in 1994, winning in course record time.