The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) is in the process of notifying applicants of their acceptance into the 2017 Boston Marathon. In keeping with recent editions of the historic races, the fastest qualifiers were allowed to register first. The 121st Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017 and will mark the 32nd consecutive year that the event will have John Hancock Financial as its principal sponsor.

“To qualify and ultimately participate in the Boston Marathon is the pinnacle moment for a vast number of runners,” said Tom Grilk, BAA’s Executive Director. “To inform those who have qualified that there is not enough space for everyone in the field is tremendously difficult. The entire BAA organization has worked hard to ensure a fair registration procedure that gives runners who have qualified the best opportunity to enter the Boston Marathon.”

The field size for the 2017 race has been capped at 30,000 official entrants. More than 80 percent of the field will be comprised of athletes who have met the qualifying standards. The balance will consist of invitational entrants, many of whom run for local charitable organizations. Since 1989, the race has raise more than $264 million for charity.

Qualifiers for the 2017 race who were 2:09 or faster than the minimum qualifying time for their age group and gender were able to secure an entry. Of the 26,171 applications submitted, 23,214 applicants have been accepted to date or are in the process of being accepted, pending verification of their qualifying performance.

That means 2,957 applicants who met the minimum qualifying standard but had relatively slower times were turned away. Details of the registration process are available online.

Here’s the BAA’s breakdown of the recent qualifying times:

  • 4,357 qualifiers met their qualifying time by 20 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
  • 7,105 qualifiers met their qualifying time by 10 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
  • 6,845 qualifiers met their qualifying time by 05 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
  • 4,497 qualifiers met their qualifying time by 02 minutes, 09 seconds or faster.
  • 410 qualifiers were accepted based on finishing 10 or more consecutive Boston Marathons.

Qualifiers needed to best the standard by 2:28 or faster for their age group and gender to get into the 2016 race; 1:02 for the 2015 race; and 1:38 for the 2014 Boston Marathon.

The names of runners who have been accepted for the 2017 edition will be posted on the Entrants page of the BAA’s website.