We’ve had quite a few requests for information about qualifying for Boston in general and for 2015 specifically.
We’ll address general qualifying first.
You must run the marathon to qualify for Boston. Baystate is a certified course, accepted by the BAA for Boston Qualification. How fast you must run depends on your age (as it will be on the date you run Boston). Click here for a link to the BAA Qualifying Standards. Qualifications are good for 18 months from the date you run them. In the case of Baystate that applies to the following two Boston Marathons.
Can I run the 2015 Boston Marathon if I qualify at the 2014 Baystate?
There is no easy answer to that question. Before 2010 the answer was always yes. In 2010 you may recall the BAA had serious problems with their registration system. In reaction (in our opinion over-reaction) they shifted the opening of registration to September. So now it depends on how quickly they sell out. This past year was well over subscribed and sold out before Baystate. In 2012 it closed two days before Baystate.
We have lobbied (and so have many inside the BAA) for registration to be pushed back until after the fall marathons. So far we have not been successful. But we continue to hope the BAA will make the adjustment, not just for Baystate, but for Philly, Chicago, Marine Core, New York and all the other great fall marathons. You can help to asking the BAA to move the opening of registration until after Thanks Giving.
The elite men start the 117th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa would go on to win the race in 2:10:22. Photo: Associated Press
Outside Magazine looked at marathons with greater than 1,000 finishers and checked out their median times to determine the fastest marathons in the country. Baystate was ranked 4th on the list. The list was topped by our big neighbor – Boston, thanks to their qualifying requirements. Aside from them, the only others to beat us were downhill runs.
It’s like we tell you – we may not have the fastest winning times, but thanks to all of you and everyone else trying to get to Boston, we are one of the fastest fields. So thank you for that – you’re the ones that make that happen.
And remember – Your first step to Boston is at Baystate.
We want to wish all of our Baystate runners good luck and good running at Boston.
We know it will be an emotional day for everyone. We are confident you will do well. Remember to enjoy the race and savor the experience.
Best of Luck!!
To those of you running Boston – come visit our booth at the expo.
We have past year race shirts (great as a pre-race over-shirt you can toss in the first mile or two) and few other goodies.
We’d love to say “Hi” and “Thank You” to those of you who have supported us over the years.
We are in booth #1323
So do we!!!
As runners ourselves it is really annoying to register for a race that you think costs $55 or $75 and then when you go to “check-out” suddenly the cost is $79.33?!?!
What’s up with that? When I shop at Home Depot and buy a tool for $75, they don’t charge me $79.33. Why should it be different when you register for a race?
It’s all in who pays the “transaction fee”.
Since we are runners – we’ll never make you pay the fee. We build that into our costs – not yours.
So not only are we one of the inexpensive marathons and half marathon, it’s even better than it appears, because we don’t hit YOU up for the transaction fee.
I know a few of hit a road block this morning – I accidentally left the registration system in test mode (yeah we like to check it before you use it).
What boneheaded mistake It’s fixed now.
I apologize to those of you who were inconvenienced.
Register now for the 2014 Ashworth Marathon and Halfmarathon
We have revamped our website to bring finally bring it into the new Millennium.
We’ve always said we are “For Runners by Runners” and not “For Runners by Geeks” – so it’s taken us a while to get this new stuff working.
We’ve added a number of interactive features on the left – which we hope you will enjoy. Speaking of which – if you have a picture or video you’d like to share – send it along and we may add it to the site.
We hope you enjoy the new site and find it useful.
If you have any suggestions – we are all ears….
In the meantime – we hope your training and running is going well.
See you in October
Registration will open on March 1st – check back then