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Participant Information: Top Qualifying Races

Qualifying for the Boston Marathon

The following is a list of marathons most frequently used to qualify for the Boston Marathon, based on the number of accepted entrants into the Boston Marathon:

Boston Marathon
Chicago Marathon
New York City Marathon
Philadelphia Marathon
California International Marathon
St George Marathon
Grandma's Marathon
Erie Marathon
Twin Cities Marathon
Ottawa Marathon
Baystate Marathon
Berlin Marathon
Columbus Marathon
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Mountains 2 Beach Marathon
Richmond Marathon
Steamtown Marathon
Mohawk Hudson River
Marine Corps Marathon
Big Cottonwood Marathon
London Marathon
Wineglass Marathon


  • Achieving one's qualifying standard does not guarantee entry into the Boston Marathon, but simply the opportunity to submit for registration. In recent year's the Boston Marathon has not been able to accept all qualifiers due to field size limitations.
  • The list does not reflect how many individuals achieve a qualifying time from each respective event, but is based on how much many individuals from each respective event submits for entry into the Boston Marathon.
  • 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 foreign equivalent) or AIMS (Association of International Marathons).
  • The qualifying window for the 2018 Boston Marathon opened Saturday, September 17, 2016.
  • All qualifying marathons must be certified. Please contact the qualifying race directly regarding certification.
  • 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.
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Top Qualifying Races

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