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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 Boston Marathon:

  • ACHIEVING ONE'S QUALIFYING STANDARD DOES NOT GUARANTEE ENTRY, BUT SIMPLY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUBMIT FOR REGISTRATION.
  • 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 2017 Boston Marathon opened Saturday, September 19, 2015.
  • 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.

RACE2015 DATE
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.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Listed below are additional sources for obtaining information about qualifying marathons:
www.coolrunning.com
www.runnersworld.com
www.runningnetwork.com
www.nerunner.com
www.marathonguide.com
www.runningtimes.com

CERTIFIED COURSES

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. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.