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Participant Information: Top Qualifying Races

Qualifying for the Boston Marathon

The following is a list of the top 25 marathons most frequently used to qualify for the Boston Marathon. 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).
  • However, achieving one’s qualifying standard does not guarantee entry, but simply the opportunity to submit for registration.
  • Qualifying window for the 2016 Boston Marathon opened September 13, 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.

Boston Marathon April 20, 2015
Chicago Marathon October 11, 2015*
New York Marathon November 1, 2015*
Philadelphia Marathon November 22, 2015*
California International Marathon December 6, 2015*
St. George Marathon October 3, 2015*
Grandma's Marathon June 20, 2015
Marine Corps Marathon October 25, 2015*
Ottawa Marathon May 24, 2015
Twin Cities Marathon October 4, 2015*
Erie Marathon September 13, 2015*
Berlin Marathon September 27, 2015*
Houston Marathon January 18, 2015
Columbus Marathon October 18, 2015*
Mountains 2 Beach Marathon May 24, 2015
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon November 7, 2015*
Baystate Marathon October, 2015*
Steamtown Marathon October 11, 2015*
Toronto Waterfront Marathon October 18, 2015*
Lehigh Velley Marathon September 13, 2015*
Richmond Marathon November 14, 2015*
Big Cottonwood Marathon September 12, 2015*
Portland Marathon October 4, 2015*
Santa Rosa Marathon August 23, 2015
Bayshore Marathon May 23, 2015

* Event date falls after expected opening of registration (early September) for the 2016 Boston Marathon.
B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.