RACE UPDATES

LAST UPDATED: MAY 21, 2020

On matters of public health and safety, the Boston Athletic Association takes our guidance from officials entrusted with protecting the public in this area. We continue to work closely with local and state officials as we consider what September 14 looks like for the Boston Marathon. We will continue to monitor all developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic, and are actively exploring options surrounding this year’s race under the guidance of public officials. As an organization, we continue to follow health and safety guidance and keep the safety of our participants, volunteers, supporters, and community members as our top priority.

MAY 8, 2020

The Boston Athletic Association is monitoring all developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic and continues to work closely with local and state officials as we consider what September 14 looks like for the Boston Marathon. Our priority continues to be the health and well-being of members of our community, participants, volunteers, and supporters. Guided by public officials, we will continue to proactively address and explore all options surrounding this year’s race, and will continue to follow public health and safety guidance. Health and safety remain our utmost priority.

MAY 1, 2020

The Boston Athletic Association has and will continue to work closely with local and state officials to ensure a safe Boston Marathon experience for participants, volunteers, supporters, and members of the community. On matters of public health and safety, we take our guidance from officials entrusted with protecting the public in this area. We are continuing to monitor all developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic and will follow guidance from the city and state as it relates to these developments. We will remain flexible to address and explore all factors with public officials as we plan for the race. Our priority remains the health and well-being of members of our community.

APRIL 23, 2020

The B.A.A. has communicated via email with all officially registered participants in the 2020 Boston Marathon and 2020 B.A.A. 5K. In early April, athletes received an email containing their personalized registration link to either confirm their intention to participate in September’s races or elect to receive a full refund of all race-associated entry fees. The deadline to make a selection is Friday, May 29, 2020.

Refund requests are final after they are processed. Should a participant select that they intend to participate and their situation changes, they may modify the selection to request a refund until the May 29 deadline.

In addition, on April 9 the B.A.A. announced that the 2020 B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has been postponed until November 22, 2020. Those who took part in early registration for the B.A.A. 10K will receive an email from the B.A.A. containing more information in the near future. 

Similarly, registrants of the B.A.A. Distance Medley have the opportunity to receive refunds for any or all of the three B.A.A. Distance Medley races they can no longer participate in. An email was distributed to entrants in April providing the opportunity to confirm entry in the B.A.A. 5K, B.A.A. 10K, and B.A.A. Half Marathon, or elect to receive a refund for any/all races which they can no longer participate in. Distance Medley entrants must make their selection by the May 29 deadline.

APRIL 1, 2020

All official registered participants in the 2020 Boston Marathon, which was originally scheduled for April 20, 2020 but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will remain entered as registered participants in the 2020 Boston Marathon scheduled for Monday, September 14, 2020. If a participant cannot make the event, for any reason, they may elect to receive a refund for entry fees associated with the Boston Marathon.

The B.A.A. 5K, originally scheduled for April 18, has been postponed to Saturday, September 12, 2020. Participants in the B.A.A. 5K will also be provided with the opportunity to receive a refund and will be emailed next steps in the coming days.

More information can be found on our Postponement FAQs page and media advisory

MARCH 18, 2020

All participants who were registered to run the 2020 Boston Marathon scheduled for April 20 will be automatically entered in the postponed race now scheduled for September 14.

The Boston Athletic Association is carefully considering all options for those who may not be able to participate in September and will be in touch with all registered participants with more instructions. Due to the pace of change and dislocation being faced by the people and organizations we work closest with, we, unfortunately, do not have solutions to every question just yet.

We will address all issues and questions as quickly as we can with the goal of being fair to all. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we encourage participants to direct any questions to FAQ2020@baa.org.

MARCH 13, 2020

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has been meeting regularly with city and state officials to discuss all updates related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency on March 10, 2020. In consideration of this and guided by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh along with state and municipal government leaders at all levels to undertake all possible measures to safeguard the health of the public, the B.A.A. understands the city’s decision that the Boston Marathon cannot be held on April 20, 2020. We offer our full support to take all reasonable efforts to postpone the 124th Boston Marathon to Monday, September 14, 2020. 

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we know there will be many questions that we will look to answer in the coming days. We’ve set up a new email to respond to your questions as best we can: FAQ2020@baa.org.

MARCH 11, 2020

The Boston Athletic Association continues to meet and work closely with city and state officials involved in the Boston Marathon. Our collective priority is the health and safety of residents, participants, and all who come to Massachusetts for this worldwide event. As this situation is rapidly evolving, details will be forthcoming.

MARCH 9, 2020

The Boston Athletic Association continues to meet and work closely with city and state officials to ensure a safe and successful Boston Marathon. We have been carefully monitoring updates related to coronavirus (COVID-19) and as local and national developments come to light have been planning under the guidance of health and municipal agencies. We will continue working with city and state officials, and we will closely follow updates from organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionDepartment of Public Health, and World Health Organization. The B.A.A. will adhere to policies put forth by the federal, state, and local governments.

The B.A.A. will continue to monitor the situation closely. We encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the World Health Organization’s suggested safety precautions including regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoiding close contact with anyone showing signs of illness.

MARCH 6, 2020

The Boston Athletic Association has been working in close, daily coordination with city and state officials to ensure a safe and successful Boston Marathon. We have been carefully monitoring developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19) and incorporating this information into planning for the 2020 Boston Marathon. We will continue working with city and state officials, and we will closely follow updates from organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionDepartment of Public Health, and World Health Organization. The B.A.A. will adhere to policies put forth by the federal, state, and local governments.

The B.A.A. will continue to monitor the situation closely. We encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the World Health Organization’s suggested safety precautions including regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoiding close contact with anyone showing signs of illness.

MARCH 2, 2020

The Boston Athletic Association works in close coordination with city and state officials to ensure a safe and successful Boston Marathon. The B.A.A. is carefully monitoring developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the 2020 Boston Marathon is proceeding as planned. We will continue working with city and state officials, and we will closely follow updates from organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionDepartment of Public Health, and World Health Organization. The B.A.A. will adhere to policies put forth by the federal, state, and local governments.

The B.A.A. will continue to monitor the situation closely. We encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the World Health Organization’s suggested safety precautions including regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoiding close contact with anyone showing signs of illness.