For those interested in running the 2016 Boston Marathon next April (and qualified to do so), here’s what you need to know:
Registration opens on Monday, Sept. 14 but on a “rolling admission” schedule beginning with the fastest qualifiers.
The breakdown is as follows:
- Those who meet the qualifying standards for their age group by 20 minutes or more more can register starting Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. ET.
- Those who meet the qualifying standards for their age group by 10 minutes or more can register starting Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. ET.
- Those who meet the qualifying standards for their age group by 5 minutes or more can register starting Friday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. ET.
Registration will then close on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. ET.
If space remains after the first week of registration, then registration will re-open for all qualifiers from Monday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. ET to Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. ET.
Neither of these registration periods are first-come, first-serve. Instead, the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group will be granted entry first. But if there is still space after the first two registration periods, a third registration will open on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. ET and will be first-come, first-serve to anyone meeting the qualification standard.
The registration fee for the 2016 race is $180 for U.S. residents and $240 for international residents.
The qualifying standards for the 2016 race is the same as the 2013, 2014 and 2015 races (and can be seen here), but it does not guarantee entry. Due to demand, last year’s cutoff ended up being 1:02 below the initial qualifying standard.
The 2016 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18.