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Participant Information: Registration Questions & Answers

Your guide to registration for the B.A.A. Half Marathon

(Q) How do I know if I am among the first 2,000 entrants, or if I am in the random selection process?
(A) Confirmation emails to those who were among the first 2,000 to register will be sent by the end of the day on Wednesday, July 13. Notice of status in the random selection process will be sent by the end of the day on Friday, July 15.

(Q) I think that my card has been charged, so does that mean I am accepted?
(A) You will receive a confirmation of acceptance email regarding your status into the event. Some banking institutions put a hold on the card charge. However, until your entry payment is processed, your card will not be fully charged. If you choose to enter the random selection process, and your entry is not selected, you will not be charged the entry fee or any other additional charges.

(Q) Is there a "waitlist" for the 2016 B.A.A. Half Marathon if I am not accepted?
(A) No.

(Q) Where do I register for the 2016 B.A.A. Half Marathon?
(A) Registration is held entirely online, and we have a designated registration page on the B.A.A. website, located at

(Q) When does registration open for the 2016 B.A.A. Half Marathon?
(A) Registration opens on Wednesday, July 13, starting at 10:00 a.m. ET.

(Q) When will registration close for the 2016 B.A.A. Half Marathon?
(A) After the first 2,000 applicants are accepted on Wednesday, July 13, starting at 10:00 a.m. ET, registration will remain open for those who will go into the random selection process. Those interested in submitting an application for the random selection will be able to do so until Thursday, July 14, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

(Q) What is the registration fee for the 2016 B.A.A. Half Marathon?
(A) $85.00 (USD)

(Q) What is the registration procedure for the 2016 B.A.A. Half Marathon?
(A) The total field size for the event is 9,000 participants. Registration will open on Wednesday, July 13, at 10:00 a.m. ET, and 2,000 entrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The remaining available entries will be filled through random selection of those applicants who submit an entry by Thursday, July 14, at 5:00 p.m.

There are 3,016 runners currently pre-registered though B.A.A. Distance Medley (B.A.A. 5K, B.A.A. 10K, and B.A.A. Half Marathon) registration held in January*. In addition, several hundred entrants will comprise the Dana-Farber Fundraising Team and each will raise at least $750 for the Jimmy Fund. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund have been the event's presenting sponsor since 2003.

(Q) How quickly is registration expected to last?
(A) In recent years, registration for the first-come, first-served portion of the field has filled in an average time of approximately 5-10 minutes. We will continue to receive entry submissions through 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 14 in order to fill the remaining available spots via random selection.

(Q) How will I know when registration opens and I can submit my entry on July 13?
(A) Prior to registration opening, you will see a notice on the registration web page regarding when registration will begin. The web page will change when registration opens and entries begin to be accepted. If you have the form open on your computer or smart phone prior to 10:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 13, you will need to refresh your browser at 10:00 a.m. ET in order to view the full registration form. 

(Q) What information will I need in order to register?
(A) You will be asked standard registration questions like name, email address, and t-shirt size. You will also be asked to approximate your net finishing time for seeding purposes. Please take your time filling out the registration form, especially your email address.

(Q) Do I need a qualifying time to run the B.A.A. Half Marathon?
(A) There is no qualifying time required to register and compete in the B.A.A. Half Marathon. However, our course is only open for three hours. Therefore, we encourage only participants who are able to complete the 13.1 miles within 3 hours, 00 minutes (net time) to register for this event. 

(Q) Does all the information I submit need to be accurate?
(A) Even though registration is expected to fill quickly, please take your time in order ensure that you input your information correctly. Notification emails, including registration confirmation [when applicable] and other mailings contain important race-related information.

(Q) What if I submit my registration form and subsequently realize that I input some of my information incorrectly?
(A) Please contact in order to edit your submission.

(Q) What happens if I am accepted but a friend or family member who wanted to run is not accepted?
(A) Unfortunately, we cannot add any extra entries to the field. If you are not among the first 2,000 entries, and you are not prepared to run without your partners, we recommend that you do not enter the random selection. Registration is non-refundable and you may not defer or transfer your registration. 

(Q) How will I know if I have been accepted in either the first 2,000 participants, or through the random selection process?
(A) Participants who are among the first 2,000 to register and be accepted will receive a confirmation email by the end of the day on Wednesday, July 13. Registrants who are not among the first 2,000 to register and be accepted will be presented with the opportunity to have their entry eligible for the random selection, provided that their entry is submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 14. Both those accepted through the random selection and those not accepted will be notified by the end of the day on Friday, July 15. Again, please enter your contact information correctly - especially your email address - in order to receive notice from the B.A.A.  By the end of the day on Friday, July 15, those who are accepted will be posted to the B.A.A. Half Marathon “ENTRY LIST” page of the B.A.A. website.

(Q) Will I be notified if I am not accepted among those in the random selection process?
(A) Yes.

(Q) Do I still have to pay if I am not selected?
(A) No. And no additional fee will be imposed for an entry submission into the random selection.

(Q) What happens if I am accepted into the race, but I get injured or am no longer able to compete on October 9?
(A) Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Also, an individual’s entry cannot be deferred to another year.

(Q) Is there another way to enter the B.A.A. Half Marathon if I am not accepted because I am not among the first 2,000 to enter on July 13 and if my submission is not among those which are randomly selected?
(A) Yes. Run with Dana-Farber by registering for the Dana-Farber Fundraising Team. As the presenting sponsor of the B.A.A. Half Marathon, Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund has a team of runners that will advance cancer research and improve patient care through their fundraising efforts. Go to the following web page for details:

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