2015 Boston Marathon Registration Opens Sept. 8

The 2014 Boston Marathon had more than 36,000 entrants. The field size for the 2015 race has not yet been determined. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The 119th Boston Marathon will be held on April 20, 2015.

Registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 at 10 a.m. ET. The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race, will use the same process to register qualified runners as it used for the Boston Marathon in 2012, 2013 and 2014, allowing the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first.

The 119th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and will mark the 30th consecutive year that the event will have John Hancock Financial as its principal sponsor.

Registration will be held entirely online at the B.A.A. website. The qualification window for the 2015 Boston Marathon began last year on Sept. 14, 2013.

The B.A.A. said in a press release it is working with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route to determine the field size of next year’s race. It said it will announce the final number this summer, but it is expected the race will be smaller than this year’s race. The 2013 Boston Marathon had 27,000 official entrants, and the special 118th Boston Marathon in 2014 featured a larger field size of 36,000 entrants (32,530 starters; 32,004 finishers).

To qualify for the Boston Marathon, athletes must meet time standards which correspond to age and gender.  The qualifying times for the 2015 Boston Marathon remain unchanged from recent years and are listed on the B.A.A.’s website.

Registration will occur on a “rolling admission” schedule, beginning with the fastest qualifiers. On Monday, Sept. 8, eligible runners who have met the qualifying standard for their age and gender by 20 minutes or more may register. On Wednesday, September 10 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 12 at 10:00 a.m. ET for those who have met their qualifying standard by five minutes or more. Registration will close on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

If space remains after the first week of registration (Monday, September 8 through Saturday, September 13), then registration will re-open for all qualifiers from Monday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

As during the first week of registration, entry during this period (Sept. 15-17) 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, Sept. 22 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 B.A.A. worked for a year to organize what we knew would be an historic event this past April, and we appreciate all who cooperated with us to take back the finish line this year,” said Tom Grilk, the B.A.A.’s executive director. “Now, as we look towards 2015 and beyond, we will work to further demonstrate the unique and inspirational aspects of the Boston Marathon. Our qualifying standards are among the features which make the Boston Marathon special, and our registration process recognizes the perseverance needed to gain entry. Our rolling admission schedule will provide runners with the fastest qualifying times in their age and gender group the ability to have their entry accepted in an orderly and systematic manner.”

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

The registration fee for the 2015 Boston Marathon for qualifiers is $175  for U.S. residents and $225 for international residents.


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