The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that members of the 2020 Boston Marathon Official Charity Program will be invited to return as official charity program members for the 2021 Boston Marathon.
Boston Marathon Official Charity Program members will continue to maintain their own application and athlete selection process, including agreements between the charity organization and athletes, which has been program policy since its inception. Boston Marathon Official Charity Program organizations may select runners at their discretion to join their teams, including those runners entered for the 2020 race. The entire 2021 Official Charity Program will be announced in the future.
The field size for the 2021 Boston Marathon has not yet been established, and will take into account all guidelines and regulations for large scale events. Entries for each charitable team will be subject to possible proportionate reductions if the 2021 Boston Marathon field size is limited by public officials.
The 2020 Boston Marathon was canceled as a mass participation road running event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All participants who were originally registered for the April 20, 2020 event have been offered a full refund of their entry fee associated with the race and will have the opportunity to participate in the 124th Boston Marathon Virtual Experience. Participants who were entered by means of a qualifying time may use their 2020 Boston Marathon time to apply for entry in the 2021 Boston Marathon. The beginning of the qualifying window to be used for application and entry into the 2021 Boston Marathon has been established to be September 15, 2018.
Registration for the 124th Boston Marathon Virtual Experience will open in early July. Details on the virtual experience will be announced soon.