Registration for the 2017 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. ET. The B.A.A. will use the same process to register qualified runners as it has used in recent years, allowing the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first.
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The 121st Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Registration will be held entirely online at www.baa.org. The qualification window for the 2017 Boston Marathon began on Saturday, September 19, 2015.
To qualify for the Boston Marathon, athletes must meet time standards which correspond to age and gender. The qualifying times for the 2017 Boston Marathon remain unchanged from recent years and are posted on the B.A.A.’s website.
Registration will occur on a “rolling admission” schedule, beginning with the fastest qualifiers. 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, 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.
“We at the B.A.A. are inspired by the dedication and commitment displayed by thousands of athletes each year aiming to meet the Boston Marathon qualifying standards,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “The Boston Marathon is the oldest consecutively run marathon in the world, and for many distance runners represents the crowning achievement of their running careers.”
The registration process ensures that the fastest qualifiers will be accepted first. However, achieving one’s qualifying standard does not guarantee entry. Those who are the fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender group will be accepted.
The registration fee for the 2017 Boston Marathon for qualifiers is $185.00 USD for United States residents and $250.00 USD for international residents.
Working in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route, the B.A.A. will set and announce the field size for the 2017 Boston Marathon this summer. The 2013 Boston Marathon had 27,000 official entrants, the special 118th Boston Marathon in 2014 featured a larger field size of 36,000 entrants, and the 2015 and 2016 Boston Marathons had field sizes of 30,000 official entrants.
Edited from a press release.