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B.A.A. announces official “cut-off” for 2017 Boston Marathon

2 minutes and 9 seconds. That's how much time a runner needed to best their age and gender specific Boston qualifying time to gain entry to next year's race.

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The Boston Marathon start line in Hopkinton, Mass.


Organizers announced today that only those who were at least two minutes and nine seconds faster than their respective Boston Marathon qualifying times would be accepted into next year’s edition of the event.

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The field size for the race is approximately 30,000 participants, eighty percent of which is usually filled by those who have met the strict time qualifiers. It was announced today that 26,171 individuals applied to take part in next year’s race but that only 23,214 were ultimately accepted. As such, some 2,957 applicants were denied entry despite having run a qualifying time.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the B.A.A. has had to use a cut-off to determine entries for the event. In 2016, qualifiers needed to be two minutes 28 seconds faster than their age and gender qualifying time. In 2015 it was one minute two seconds and and was one minute 38 seconds in 2014.

The 2017 Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, April 17th, Patriot’s Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.