Race organizers for the Boston Marathon announced via Instagram on Thursday that the “cut-off” time for qualified and registered runners hoping to run in the 126th race will be zero minutes and zero seconds. In other words, for the first time in eight years, every runner who qualified for the race will be accepted.
The news comes on the heels of the 2021 event, which, thanks to a reduced field size due to COVID-19, had the largest cut-off time in Boston Marathon history. Runners who hoped to qualify for the first-ever Fall edition of the race had to run seven minutes and 47 seconds faster than their age group qualifying time.
The Boston Marathon will be returning to its traditional spot on Patriot’s Day, the third Monday in April, and will be back up to a larger field size of 30,000 participants. According to the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), nearly 24,000 applicants submitted race results during the five-day registration window, and unlike last year’s race, they will all be given a spot on the start line.
“I am delighted to share that everyone who applied with a valid qualifying time will be joining us for the 126th Boston Marathon,” said Tom Grilk, President and CEO of the B.A.A. in a press release. “It will be a historic return to Patriots’ Day and I am pleased to welcome this dedicated group of qualifiers back to the roads of Hopkinton to Boston on the third Monday in April for the first time in three years.”
The B.A.A. is currently in the process of verifying and confirming all of the submissions, and applicants will receive official notice of their acceptance in early December, provided their qualifying time is approved. Non-profit organizations will also be selected as official members of the B.A.A.’s charity program at that time, and the rest of the field will be filled with participants competing as charity runners.