2016 Boston Marathon Open For Applications - What To Know - Running with Miles

2016 Boston Marathon Open For Applications – What To Know

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The 2016 Boston Marathon registration is now open for registrations, but only for runners who had beaten their qualifying times by at least 20 minutes. For those who “slower” qualifying times, entry dates will begin rolling out starting tomorrow, September 16. Here is what you need to know for the 2016 Boston Marathon registration.

Boston Marathon Registration Is Open

Make sure you check back throughout the week as I will be writing posts to layout hotel and airline options and how to nail down your travel to the 2016 Boston Marathon – for (almost) free!

Registration Procedure

It is strange to think that, not to long ago, a marathoner could actually run a qualifying race as late as March and still run that year’s Boston Marathon! In fact, it was called the Last Chance Marathon.

Now, registration opens and closes in September – seven months before the Boston Marathon. This year’s registration procedure is the same as the last few years’ – a rolling registration that opens each day based on the amount of time the runner cleared the qualification time.


  • Race Day – April 18, 2016
  • Registration opens – September 14, 10:00AM
  • Race Fee – $180 for US residents, $240 for international residents (up $5 and $15, respectively, from last year)
  • Qualification window for 2016 Boston – September 13, 2014 – registration closes
  • Registration Application – BAA
  • Field size – 30,000 runners
Boston Marathon Qualification Times
Age Group Men Women
18-34 3:05 3:35
35-39 3:10 3:40
40-44 3:15 3:45
45-49 3:25 3:55
50-54 3:30 4:00
55-59 3:40 4:10
60-64 3:55 4:25
65-69 4:10 4:40
70-74 4:25 4:55
75-79 4:40 5:10
80 – over 4:55 5:25

Remember, registration remains open for the qualified entrants until the field is full. If it is full with those who beat the time by 10 minutes (which it won’t be), then those who beat it by 5 minutes will not be able to enter. For the first two weeks of registration, all entries are not first-come-first-served but are processed by qualifying time. So, if you were to register on September 21 at 10:01AM with a qualifying time +30 seconds clearance, your entry time will not allow you to beat out the individual who had a 80 second clearance time on their qualifying time.

However, if there is still space available, when the registration reopens on September 28, it will be first-come-first-served.

Boston Marathon Registration Dates
Date Time Eligible Entrants
September 14 10:00AM Runners who beat the qualifying time by 20 minutes or more
September 16 10:00AM Runners who beat the qualifying time by 10 minutes or more
September 18 10:00AM Runners who beat the qualifying time by 5 minutes or more
September 19 10:00PM Registration closes
September 21 10:00AM Runners who ran a qualifying time (if space remains)
September 23 5:00PM Registration closes
September 28 10:00AM Registration reopens (if space exists) for qualifying runers

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

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