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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, based on the number of accepted entrants into the event:

  • The list does not reflect how many individuals achieve a qualifying time from each respective event.
  • 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).
  • The 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*
Berlin Marathon September 27, 2015*
Erie Marathon September 13, 2015
Houston Marathon January 18, 2015
Columbus Marathon October 18, 2015*
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon November 7, 2015*
Baystate Marathon October 18, 2015*
Steamtown Marathon October 11, 2015*
Toronto Waterfront Marathon October 18, 2015*
Mountains 2 Beach Marathon May 24, 2015
Richmond Marathon November 14, 2015*
Lehigh Velley Marathon September 13, 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.