The 2018 Boston Marathon Registration Is Now Open – What You Need To Know

2017 Boston Marathon Registration
Written by Charlie

The 2018 Boston Marathon is now open for qualified runners to submit their registrations! Like other years, this is a rolling application process by qualification time. Here is what you need to know to get started!

It is here! The day that so many qualifying runners have been waiting for ever since they looked at the clock at the end of their qualifying marathon. This day is the 2018 Boston Marathon registration and it is open now! Here is what you need to know!

The 2018 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 have “slower” qualifying times, entry dates will begin rolling out starting Wednesday, September 13. Here is what you need to know for the 2018 Boston Marathon registration.

The 2018 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 2018 Boston Marathon – for (almost) free!

The 2018 Boston Marathon 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 16, 2018
  • Registration opens – September 11, 10:00AM
  • Race Fee – $185 for US residents, $250 for international residents
  • Qualification window for the 2018 Boston Marathon – September 20, 2018 – registration closes
  • Field Size: 30,000 official runners
  • Registration Application – BAA
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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 20 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 25, it will be first-come-first-served.

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Good luck and enjoy the process. Remember, whether you make it into the 2018 Boston Marathon or not, you are still a Boston Marathon-qualifed runner! Congratulations! Make sure you check back throughout the week to see how you can get your 2018 Boston Marathon travel for (almost) free!

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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.