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B.A.A. Announces 2018 Boston Marathon Registration Dates

B.A.A. Announces 2018 Boston Marathon Registration Dates

Registration Opens Monday, September 11, at 10:00 a.m. ET

BOSTON – Registration for the 2018 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, September 11, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. ET. The Boston Athletic Association will use the same process to register qualified runners as it has used in recent years, allowing the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first.

The 122nd Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and for the 33rd consecutive year the Boston Marathon will be sponsored by John Hancock. Registration will be held entirely online at www.baa.org. The qualification window for the 2018 Boston Marathon began on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

To qualify for the Boston Marathon, athletes must meet time standards which correspond to their age and gender. The qualifying times for the 2018 Boston Marathon remain unchanged from recent years and are listed on the B.A.A.’s website here.

Registration will occur on a “rolling admission” schedule, beginning with the fastest qualifiers. On Monday, September 11, eligible runners who have met the qualifying standard for their age and gender by 20 minutes or more may register. On Wednesday, September 13, at 10:00 a.m. ET, if space remains, registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standard by 10 minutes or more. If space remains, registration will open on Friday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. ET for those who have met their qualifying standard by five minutes or more. Registration will close for week one on Saturday, September 16, at 10:00 p.m. ET.

If space remains after the first week of registration (Monday, September 11, through Saturday, September 16), then registration will re-open for all qualifiers from Monday, September 18, at 10:00 a.m. ET through Wednesday, September 20, at 5:00 p.m. ET. As during the first week of registration, entry during this period (Sept. 18-20) will not be first-come, first-served and the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group among these submissions will be given entry as space allows. If space remains after this initial period, then on Monday, September 25, registration will re-open to anyone who meets the qualifying standards. Registration will remain open on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum field size is reached.

“The Boston Marathon is the oldest consecutively run marathon in the world, and we at the B.A.A. are grateful that so many dedicated athletes desire to compete here,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Chief Executive Officer. “We are inspired by the devotion and commitment displayed by all those aiming to meet the Boston Marathon qualifying standards.”

The Boston Marathon registration process ensures that the fastest qualifiers will be accepted first. However, achieving one’s qualifying standard does not guarantee entry. Those who are fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender group will be accepted.

Working in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route, the B.A.A. will set and announce the field size for the 2018 Boston Marathon this summer. The 2015, 2016, and 2017 Boston Marathons had field sizes of 30,000 official entrants.

BOSTON MARATHON REGISTRATION DATES

Monday, September 11 – Qualifiers who have met the qualifying standard by 20 minutes, 00 seconds or more.
Wednesday, September 13 – Qualifiers who have met the qualifying standard by 10 minutes, 00 seconds or more (if space remains).
Friday, September 15 – Qualifiers who have met the qualifying standard by 5 minutes, 00 seconds or more (if space remains).
Saturday, September 16 – Registration closes at 10:00 p.m. ET.
Monday, September 18 – All qualifiers who have met the qualifying standard (if space remains) may submit an entry.
Wednesday, September 20 – Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Registration from September 11-20 will not be first-come, first-served. The fastest qualifiers in gender and age groups will be given entry as space allows.
If space remains after this initial period, then on Monday, September 25 registration will re-open to anyone who meets the qualifying standards on a first come, first served basis.
Registration will remain open until the maximum field size is reached.

A FEW IMPORTANT NOTES

The 2018 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The qualifying standards for the 2018 Boston Marathon (shown below) remain unchanged from recent years.
Though the B.A.A. will e-mail registrants upon the completion of their registration form, runners are not officially entered into the race until their qualifying time is verified. The amount of time it takes for qualifying times to get verified varies for each individual athlete, and can take up to several days (depending on the qualifying marathon).
The qualification window for the 2018 Boston Marathon began on Saturday, September 17, 2016, and will remain open until the conclusion of registration for the 2018 Boston Marathon.
The qualification window for the 2019 Boston Marathon will be announced following registration for the 2018 Boston Marathon.
Registration dates for the 2019 Boston Marathon have not yet been announced.
The 2019 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019.

2018 BOSTON MARATHON QUALIFYING STANDARDS (Effective Saturday, September 17, 2016)

All standards below are based on official submitted net time.

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

ABOUT THE BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2017. The 122nd Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.

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