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The 2023 Boston Marathon: how to qualify and register

Qualifying standards for next year's Boston Marathon are unchanged from recent years

The B.A.A. announced Wednesday all the details for qualifying and registering for the 2023 Boston Marathon. The 2023 race will take place on Monday, April 17, and registration will take place between Sept. 12 and Sept. 16, 2022. Applicants must run a qualifying race between Sept. 1, 2021 and Sept. 16, 2022. 

The only thing that remains to be seen is whether there will be a qualifying cutoff (i.e. whether registrants will actually have to run faster than their qualifying times to make it into the race, and if so, what it will be. In 2022, due to factors arising from the pandemic, there was no cutoff time; all applicants with a qualifying time were accepted. The field size for 2023 will be 30,000, as it was in 2022.

Qualifying standards

Here are the qualifying standards for the 2023 Boston Marathon. Runners may qualify according to their age on race day.

18-34 3hrs 00min 00sec 3hrs 30min 00sec
35-39 3hrs 05min 00sec 3hrs 35min 00sec
40-44 3hrs 10min 00sec 3hrs 40min 00sec
45-49 3hrs 20min 00sec 3hrs 50min 00sec
50-54 3hrs 25min 00sec 3hrs 55min 00sec
55-59 3hrs 35min 00sec 4hrs 05min 00sec
60-64 3hrs 50min 00sec 4hrs 20min 00sec
65-69 4hrs 05min 00sec 4hrs 35min 00sec
70-74 4hrs 20min 00sec 4hrs 50min 00sec
75-79 4hrs 35min 00sec 5hrs 05min 00sec
80 and over 4hrs 50min 00sec 5hrs 20min 00sec


For further information on how to apply to the 2023 Boston Marathon, click here.