Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Registration for the 2017 Boston Marathon Begins on Monday, Sept. 12th

For all you Boston Marathon lovers, a reminder that the registration process for the 2017 Boston Marathon will begin next Monday, September 12, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Hopefully you have scored your "BQ" qualifying time with a little extra time cushion, and are ready to roll!

Registration will follow the same "rolling admission" schedule it has used in recent years, allowing the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first:
  • On Monday, September 12, eligible runners who have met the qualifying standard for their age and gender by 20 minutes or more may register. 
  • On Wednesday, September 14, at 10:00 a.m. ET, if space remains, registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standard by 10 minutes or more. 
  • If space remains, registration will open on Friday, September 16, at 10:00 a.m. ET for those who have met their qualifying standard by five minutes or more. Registration will close on Saturday, September 17, at 10:00 p.m. ET. 
  • If space remains after the first week of registration (Monday, September 12, through Saturday, September 17), then registration will re-open for all qualifiers from Monday, September 19, at 10:00 a.m. ET through Wednesday, September 21, at 5:00 p.m. ET. As during the first week of registration, entry during this period (Sept. 19-21) will not be first-come, first-served and the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group among these submissions will be given entry as space allows. 
  • If space remains after this initial period, then on Monday, September 26, registration will re-open to anyone who meets the qualifying standards. Registration will remain open on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum field size is reached. 
Qualifying times remain the same from 2013:


18-343hrs 05min 00sec3hrs 35min 00sec
35-393hrs 10min 00sec3hrs 40min 00sec
40-443hrs 15min 00sec3hrs 45min 00sec
45-493hrs 25min 00sec3hrs 55min 00sec
50-543hrs 30min 00sec4hrs 00min 00sec
55-593hrs 40min 00sec4hrs 10min 00sec
60-643hrs 55min 00sec4hrs 25min 00sec
65-694hrs 10min 00sec4hrs 40min 00sec
70-744hrs 25min 00sec4hrs 55min 00sec
75-794hrs 40min 00sec5hrs 10min 00sec
80 and over4hrs 55min 00sec5hrs 25min 00sec

If you're close to these qualifying times, then you know that making the time does not guarantee entry. In 2014, you needed to beat your time by 1 minute and 35 seconds. That relaxed a bit in 2015, when you needed to have exceeded your time by 62 seconds. In 2016, you needed a 2 minute and 28 second buffer, the biggest hopefully you are feeling fast!

I'll be back again in 2017 (streak #13!), so let me know if you are planning to head to Hopkinton. Good luck!

- SD


  1. Yes! Finally after 11 attempts!!! I have an 11 minute cushion so I get to register on the 14th. I remember asking you about the registration process a year or two ago and you were so kind and encouraging. So excited!!!

  2. I have a cushion of 2:50. I'm not sure if it's enough so I'm running a qualifying marathon this weekend hoping for 5 or more. I've watched the BM from the side lines for the past 2 years. I'm ready for my turn!


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