QUALIFY FOR THE BOSTON MARATHON

To qualify for the Boston Marathon, athletes must meet time standards which correspond to age and gender
  • For the 2019 Boston Marathon, qualifying times must be run on or after Saturday, September 16, 2017.
  • The qualifying times below are based upon each athlete's age on the date of the 2019 Boston Marathon (April 15, 2019).
  • Qualifying times are based on official submitted net time (also known as chip time).
  • Achieving one's qualifying standard does not guarantee entry into the event, but simply the opportunity to submit for registration. 
    • In recent years, not all qualifiers who submit an entry have been accepted due to field size restrictions.
    • If the total amount of submissions surpasses the allotted field size for qualified athletes, then those who are the fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender group will be accepted.
  • See the current qualifying standards below.
Age Group MEN WOMEN
18-34 3hrs 05min 00sec 3hrs 35min 00sec
35-39 3hrs 10min 00sec 3hrs 40min 00sec
40-44 3hrs 15min 00sec 3hrs 45min 00sec
45-49 3hrs 25min 00sec 3hrs 55min 00sec
50-54 3hrs 30min 00sec 4hrs 00min 00sec
55-59 3hrs 40min 00sec 4hrs 10min 00sec
60-64 3hrs 55min 00sec 4hrs 25min 00sec
65-69 4hrs 10min 00sec 4hrs 40min 00sec
70-74 4hrs 25min 00sec 4hrs 55min 00sec
75-79 4hrs 40min 00sec 5hrs 10min 00sec
80 and over 4hrs 55min 00sec 5hrs 25min 00sec
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • The qualifying window will remain open until the conclusion of registration for the Boston Marathon (once the maximum field size has been reached).
  • Only a certified full marathon distance will be accepted for qualifying.
  • Distances shorter than a full marathon will not be accepted.
  • We do not accept indoor marathon times.
  • We accept qualifying times from USATF, AIMS, or foreign equivalent certified courses.
  • The Boston Marathon does not designate which races meet qualifying standards. You must contact the race directly to see if they are certified.
  • Extensive calendars of upcoming marathons in your area can be found at:
  • All qualifying times are subject to review and verification.
  • Minimum age requirement for the Boston Marathon is 18 years of age on race day.
  • Though the B.A.A. will email registrants upon the completion of their form, runners are not officially entered into the race until their qualifying time is verified. This length of time may vary and can be as long as several days, depending on the qualifying marathon.
Qualifying History 

Historically, runners who beat their qualifying standard by a larger amount of time are more likely to be accepted into the Boston Marathon. Due to field size limitations, as well as a heightened interest in participation, a varying "cut-off" time (a time below the minimum qualifying standard for age and gender) has been established. Below is a list of when entrants needed to obtain a faster time than their minimum standard in order to be accepted into the race:

  • For the 2012 Boston Marathon, the cut-off for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 74 seconds or faster.
  • For the 2014 Boston Marathon, the cut-off for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 98 seconds or faster.
  • For the 2015 Boston Marathon, the cut-off for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 62 seconds or faster.
  • For the 2016 Boston Marathon, the cut-off for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 2 minutes and 28 seconds or faster.
  • For the 2017 Boston Marathon, the cut-off for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 2 minutes and 9 second or faster.
  • For the 2018 Boston Marathon, the cut-off for qualifying times was drawn at those who beat their qualifying standard by 3 minutes and 23 seconds or faster.