Boston Athletic Association Closes Registration
for the 2012 Boston Marathon.
to receive notification next week.
BOSTON ÛÓ The
Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the
2012 Boston Marathon has closed. In preparation for next year’s race, the
B.A.A. implemented a new registration process, allowing the fastest runners in
relation to their qualifying times to register during a two week period.
Registration began at 10 a.m. ET on September 12 and
concluded at 5 p.m. ET on September 23. For the first time, the
registration was not first come, first served, but rather allowed for a more
systematic and orderly application procedure.
Next week, applicants will be notified of their acceptance.
Those applications who are unable to be accepted also will be notified next
At the conclusion of the first week of registration, nearly
15,000 applicants were informed of their acceptance. A total of more than
20,000 entrants will be accepted through this process. Additionally, 277
qualifiers who have run ten or more consecutive Boston Marathons have been
accepted and notified.
“We have been very pleased with how smoothly our new
registration process has worked,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive
Director. “Regrettably, we are unable to accept all applicants due
to field size limitations and the large number of applications we received from
qualified runners. Our new process is based on fairness and athletic
accomplishment, and we appreciate the cooperation we have received from all
marathoners during the process.”
Until all applicants are notified and qualifying
performances are verified, the B.A.A. will not release data on the cut-off time
needed for acceptance. The name of accepted applicants will be posted to the
“Entrants” page of the B.A.A. web site, which is the official web
site for the Boston Marathon. The B.A.A. will issue and post a wide range
of statistics on the new registration process and its applicants in the coming
The 116th Boston Marathon is on Monday, April 16,
2012, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth
2011, the B.A.A. announced that qualifying times for the 2013 Boston Marathon
would be made more stringent by five minutes across all age groups and both
genders. The qualification window for the 2013 Boston Marathon begins
tomorrow, September 24, 2011.
on the B.A.A.’s new registration process for the Boston Marathon, click
To see the qualifying
standards for both the 2012 Boston Marathon and the 2013 Boston Marathon, click
in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit
organization with a mission of managing athletic events and promoting a
lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston
Marathon is the world’s oldest annual
marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports
comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since
principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock
Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the World Marathon Majors
with the Virgin London Marathon, BMW Berlin Marathon, Bank of America
Chicago Marathon, and the ING New York City Marathon.