Professional Athlete & Professional Development Program

Professional Athlete & Professional Development Program


The B.A.A. is proud to host the Boston Marathon Professional Athlete Program and the Boston Marathon Professional Development Program for the 125th running of the Boston Marathon on October 11, 2021.

Professional Athlete Program

Defending Champions, Olympians and World Champions headline the Professional Athlete Program

  • Runners who have run a marathon sub 2:35 for women and sub 2:13 for men. 
  • Runners (debuting in the marathon) who have run a half marathon sub 1:11 for women and sub 1:02 for men.
  • Runners should contact Mary Kate Shea, Professional Athlete Manager by email at
  • Pro Wheelchair athletes who have pushed a marathon sub 1:52 for women and sub 1:31 for men. 
  • Pro Wheelchair athletes should contact to request consideration.      

Professional Development Program

Developing athletes are provided with complimentary entry and access to the professional start and prize purse

  • Female runners who have run sub 2:45 for Open and sub 2:48 for Masters divisions. 
  • Male runners who have run sub 2:19 for Open and sub 2:22 for Masters divisions. 
  • To be considered for this program, please register online April 20–23 in the B.A.A.'s virtual registration platform, Athletes’ Village and request  consideration for the Pro Start when prompted. 
  • Runners who request consideration for the Professional Development Program will be notified of their selection or non-selection by May 15, 2021.