Destinations Marathons

Boston Marathon Registration Continues

Last week, the registration for the Boston Marathon belonged to those who had beaten their qualifying time by at least 5 minutes. Tomorrow, the Boston Marathon registration reopens again for everyone who ran a qualifying time.

While exact numbers are not available as to how many of the 24,000 qualifying spots are still left, all Boston Marathon qualifiers should have a great chance to get in. With the registration reopening tomorrow (through Wednesday at 5PM), anyone who has qualified is free to register and if more people register than there are spots, it will default to giving the spots to the faster of the registrants. Last year’s mark was 1 minute and 38 seconds for those who got in – so, you had to have run better than that over your qualifying time to make the entrant list. Of course, this past year’s Boston Marathon had a huge amount of runners who had a great desire to run the 2014 marathon to honor the city and country in light of the previous year’s bombing. This year, there are 1,000 fewer qualifying slots but most likely fewer people who will be looking at making the trip there. That is great news for those who just qualified!

If there are more spots open after Wednesday night, they will reopen the registration window on September 22 on a first-come-first-served basis. Here are the qualifying times again for those who are interested:

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Running the Boston Marathon is a goal of most runners for sure. The qualifying times can be hard to hit, but if you do qualify, you should not let the cost of travel keep you from this very special event! That is what this blog is about – removing the high cost of travel for people to travel more for less. I wrote this post last week and will be writing more this week to show you how you can get almost free travel to the Boston Marathon – no matter where you are coming from!

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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.


  • Have you written a post about places to stay in the Boston area during the marathon. I have a feeling the hardest part about going to Boston marathon is paying for accommodations.

    I’ve never qualified for Boston but hope to do so someday. Thanks!

    • Yes, I do write about those each year (as well as doing a writeup as the race gets close with availability). There are some tremendous hotels right near the finish line available on points!