Two weeks since the 121st Boston Marathon and it’s already time to start thinking about next year’s race. Today the Boston Athletic Association has announced that registration for the 2018 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at 10 a.m. ET and will be conducted online at www.baa.org.
The qualification window for next year’s race on April 16, 2018, began last September, and in order to qualify, runners must meet time standards which correspond to their age and gender (see below).
On Sept. 11, the fastest qualifiers will get to register first—eligible runners who have met the qualifying standard for their age and gender by 20 minutes or more. If space remains from the first wave of registration, then a second and third wave of registration will open on Sept. 13 and 15 respectively at 10 a.m. ET, for those who have met their qualifying standard by 10 minutes or more and then for those who have met it by 5 minutes or more.
Then registration will close for a week and, if space remains, will re-open from Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. until Sept. 20, 5 p.m. Again, this period will not be a first-come, first-serve basis and will only give entry priority to those with the fastest qualifying times within their age and gender groups. Sept. 25 will be the last opportunity for those who qualified for the race to register on a first-come, first-serve basis until the maximum field size is reached, which in the past has been set at 30,000 official entrants.
“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 in a press release. “We are inspired by the devotion and commitment displayed by all those aiming to meet the Boston Marathon qualifying standards.”
These registration procedures demonstrate that even if a runner meets their qualifying time, it doesn’t guarantee entry into the race. Instead, it ensures that the fastest qualifiers get accepted first, promoting the highly competitive nature of the Boston Marathon.
2018 Boston Marathon Qualifying Standards
|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|
For more information, visit www.baa.org.