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!
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
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.[table “” not found /]