Qualifying for Boston

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 Corp, New York and all the other great fall marathons.  You can help to asking the BAA to move the opening of registration until after Thanksgiving.

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