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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 IS NOT AN ALL-INCLUSIVE LIST, but simply a list of the recent 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 Monday, September 8. Click here for more information.
  • 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.

RACE2013 DATE2014 DATE2015 DATE
Bayshore Marathon May 24, 2014
Baystate Marathon October 20, 2013 October 19, 2014
Berlin Marathon September 29, 2013 September 28, 2014
Boston Marathon April 21, 2014
California International Marathon December 8, 2013 December 7, 2014
Chicago Marathon October 13, 2013 October 12, 2014
Columbus Marathon October 20, 2013 October 19, 2014
Erie Marathon September 15, 2013 September 14, 2014
Eugene Marathon July 27, 2014
Grandma's Marathon June 21, 2014
Houston Marathon   January 19, 2014 January 18, 2015
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon November 2, 2013 November 1, 2014
Lehigh Valley Marathon September 7, 2014
Marine Corp Marathon October 27, 2013 October 26, 2014
Mountains 2 Beach Marathon   May 25, 2014
New York City Marathon November 3, 2013 November 2, 2014
Ottawa Marathon May 25, 2014
Philadelphia Marathon November 17, 2013 November 23, 2014
Portland Marathon October 6, 2013 October 5, 2014
Richmond Marathon November 16, 2013 November 15, 2014
Santa Rosa Marathon August 24, 2014
St. George Marathon October 5, 2013 October 4, 2014
Steamtown Marathon October 13, 2013 October 12, 2014
Twin Cities Marathon October 6, 2013 October 5, 2014
Vermont City Marathon May 25, 2014

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.