It was announced on Wednesday that registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, September 14, 2015 at 10 AM EST. The Boston Athletic Association will use the same process to register qualified runners as it did for the last three editions of the race, allowing the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first.
The 2016 edition of the world’s oldest annual marathon will take place on Monday, April 18, 2016. It will be the 120th running of the Patriots’ Day classic. Registration will be online only at www.baa.org. The qualification window for the 2016 Boston Marathon opened on September 13, 2014 and will remain open until all slots are filled.
The qualifying times for the 2016 race, which can be found on the B.A.A. website, remain unchanged from recent years.
Registration will once again occur on a “rolling admission” schedule, beginning with the fastest qualifiers on Monday, September 14. On that day, runners who have met the qualifying standard for their age and gender by 20 minutes or more may register. Then, on Wednesday, September 16, if space remains, registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standard by 10 minutes or more. If space still remains, registration will re-open on Friday, September 18 for those who have met their qualifying standard by five minutes or more. Registration will close on Saturday, September 19, at 10 PM EST.
If space remains after the first week of registration, then registration will re-open for all qualifiers from Monday, September 21 at 10 AM EST through Wednesday, September 23 at 5 PM EST, with the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age groups getting first priority. Finally, if space still remains after Sept. 23, registration will remain open on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum field size is reached.
“Participating in the Boston Marathon is a pinnacle achievement in the lives of a great many distance runners,” Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director, said in a press release. “We are keenly aware of the dedication and commitment required to meet the B.A.A.’s qualifying standards for the Boston Marathon, and we recognize their achievement in our registration process.”