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Participant Information: Top Qualifying Races

Qualifying for the Boston Marathon

Following is a list of marathons most frequently used to qualify for the Boston Marathon. THIS IN NOT AN ALL-INCLUSIVE LIST, but simply a list of the top feeder races. There are many marathons that can be used to qualify. The Boston Marathon does not determine what races are Boston Qualifiers. Please contact the race you are interested in attempting your qualifying mark to see if they are certified by either USA Track & Field or AIMS (Association of International Marathons).

  • Qualifying window for the 2015 Boston Marathon opened September 14, 2013.
  • Registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2014.
  • All qualifying marathons must be certified.
  • For application into the Boston Marathon, applicants must provide the name and date of the marathon at which they qualified, and their official finishing time.
  • The B.A.A. will verify all qualifying times before granting acceptance into the race.

Baystate Marathon October 20
Berlin Marathon September 29
Boston Marathon April 15
Cal International Marathon December 8
Chicago Marathon October 13
Columbus Marathon October 20
Cox Providence Marathon May 12
Eugene Marathon April 28
Grandma's Marathon June 22
Hartford Marathon October 12
Houston Marathon January 13
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon November 2
Lakefront Marathon October 6
Los Angeles Marathon March 17
Marine Corps Marathon October 27
Mohawk Hudson Marathon October 13
New Jersey Marathon May 5
New York City Marathon November 3
Ottawa Marathon May 26
Philadelphia Marathon November 17
Portland Marathon October 6
Richmond Marathon November 16
Road 2 Hope Marathon November 3
Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon January 20 
Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon June 2
Santa Rosa Marathon August 25
St. George Marathon October 5
Steamtown Marathon October 13
Toronto Waterfront Marathon October 20
Twin Cities Marathon October 6
Vancouver Marathon May 5
Walt Disney World Marathon January 13
Wineglass Marathon October 6

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.  Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.