BOSTON—The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) proudly announced today that all qualified athletes who submitted applications during the 2023 Boston Marathon registration window (September 12-16) will be accepted into the April 17th race, provided their qualifying time is verified.
“With registration serving as our Opening Day, we are eager to kick off the road to Boston for qualified participants from around the world,” said Jack Fleming, acting Chief Executive Officer of the B.A.A. “On Patriots’ Day, the determination, passion, and unity of marathoners will be on display, bringing our community together in the spirit of athletics and our heritage. We are very much looking forward to the 127th running of the Boston Marathon in just seven months.”
A total of 23,267 applications were submitted over the five-day registration window, an increase from the 22,936 qualified applications received last year. The field of 2023 qualifiers is made up of 13,315 men, 9,930 women, and 22 non-binary athletes. 624 athletes who have finished at least 10 consecutive Boston Marathons had already been accepted into the field.
The 127th Boston Marathon will feature a field size of 30,000 participants. The remainder of the field will be made up of athletes representing official charity partners, sponsors, members of our professional field, and other invitational entries.
The B.A.A. is currently in the process of verifying and confirming all qualifying time submissions. Applicants will receive official notice of acceptance in the coming weeks once their qualifying time has been approved and credit cards are successfully charged. Any athlete who submitted an invalid time, a finish result for a distance other than a qualifying marathon, or a time not within the designated qualifying window will be notified of non-acceptance. Applicants are asked not to send additional qualifying information to the B.A.A. unless specifically requested by a B.A.A. official.
Also, the B.A.A. announced the qualifying window for the 128th Boston Marathon, scheduled to take place on April 15, 2024, began on September 1, 2022. Registration details for that race will be announced following the 2023 Boston Marathon.
The next B.A.A. event will be the 2022 B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, on Sunday, November 13. Limited entry spots remain available, and athletes may register within their B.A.A. Athletes’ Village account.
A list of frequently asked questions can be found below. Please note that all statistics are preliminary and may change slightly during the verification process.
Frequently Asked Questions for Athletes
When will official notices of acceptances and non-acceptances be emailed?
Notices of acceptance or non-acceptance will go out in the coming weeks.
Why will there be notices of non-acceptance if everyone will be admitted into April’s race?
The B.A.A. is verifying all qualifying times that have been submitted as part of the 127th Boston Marathon application process. Any athlete who submitted an invalid time, a finish result for a distance other than a qualifying marathon, or a time not within the designated qualifying window will be notified of non-acceptance.
When will credit cards be charged? My credit card has been charged/it appears entry fees have been withdrawn from my bank. What does this mean?
Credit cards will be charged upon acceptance. Upon submission of your application, your credit card has been authorized for payment. If your application is accepted, only then will your credit card be charged the non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable entry fee. You may notice a preauthorization draft on your credit card statement. The actual charge will not appear on your credit card until your entry has been verified and accepted. Only athletes who are accepted into the Boston Marathon will be charged the entry fee.
My Athletes’ Village profile says my qualifying time has been verified. Does that mean I am in?
The B.A.A.’s Athlete’s Services team is actively verifying all applications and qualifying times that were submitted as part of the application process for the 127th Boston Marathon. If your Athletes’ Village profile features a green qualifying time, your time has been verified by our team and you will be admitted into the race.
My Athletes’ Village profile says my qualifying time is pending verification. Do you need more information from me?
No, the B.A.A. will reach out to any athlete who needs to send additional information. Even if your status is listed as “pending verification” in Athletes’ Village, if you have submitted a valid qualifying time and current credit card, you will be admitted into the race.
Will 2023 Boston Marathon registration re-open to qualifiers?
Registration for the 2023 Boston Marathon was open from September 12-16 for all qualified athletes and will not re-open. Registration information for the 2024 Boston Marathon will be announced after the conclusion of the 2023 event.
When does registration for the 2024 Boston Marathon open?
Registration information for the 2024 Boston Marathon will be announced following the conclusion of the 2023 race. The 2024 qualifying window began on September 1, 2022.