Runners needed to be 4 minutes and 52 seconds faster than their qualifying time in order to be accepted to the 2019 Boston Marathon.
A September 27th press release notified runners that of the 30,458 applications, 23,074 were accepted, leaving 7,384 who met their standard unable to run due to field size limitations. The total field size for the Boston Marathon is capped at 30,000 participants.
The press release states, “More than 80% of the 2019 Boston Marathon field will be comprised of athletes who have met the qualifying standards. The balance will consist of invitational entrants, including runners participating as part of the Boston Marathon’s Official Charity Program and John Hancock’s Non-Profit Program, as well as invited elite athletes.”
— Cory Lewandowski (@CoryLew) September 27, 2018
That is the highest number of applicants Boston has ever had to refuse, and with that in mind, the 2020 standards will be more difficult than in years previous.
Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Chief Executive Officer said in the press release, “We have adjusted the qualifying standards for the 2020 Boston Marathon, as the number of marathoners who have submitted applications to run the Boston Marathon has increased significantly during the most recent two registration years. We forecast the interest in running Boston as continuing.” All age group qualifying standards are five minutes faster than previous years standards.
For considered entry to the 2020 event, male runners ages 18-34 will have to run a sub-3 hour marathon, for women of the same age, they’re looking at running a sub-3:30 marathon. Those a fast times. A complete list of the new standards can be found here.