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24,032 Qualifiers Accepted into 2016 Boston Marathon

2016 BOSTON MARATHON QUALIFIER ACCEPTANCES

Notification to applicants on Wednesday, September 30

 

BOSTON ‰ÛÓ The Boston Athletic Association
(B.A.A.) today continued its notification to applicants of their
acceptance into the 2016 Boston Marathon®. In preparation for the 2016
Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. implemented the same registration
process for qualified runners as it used in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and
2015 Marathons, allowing the fastest qualifiers to register first. The
120th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016 and will
mark the 31st consecutive year that the event
will have John Hancock Financial as its principal sponsor.

 

In cooperation with the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon
route, the B.A.A. has set the field size for the 2016 Boston Marathon at
30,000 official entrants. More than 80% of the field
will be comprised of athletes who have met the qualifying standards.
The balance will consist of invitational entrants, many of whom run for
local charitable organizations. Since 1989, between the B.A.A.’s
Official Charity Program and principal sponsor John
Hancock Financial’s Non-Profit Bib Program for the Boston Marathon,
more than $234 million has been raised for charity. 

 

Registration for runners who met the B.A.A.’s
Qualifying Standards for the 2016 Boston Marathon began on Monday,
September 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET using a “rolling admission” schedule and
continued through Saturday, September 19 at 10:00 p.m.
ET. Registration re-opened on Monday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. and
application submissions were received through Wednesday, September 23 at
5:00 p.m. ET.

 

Qualifiers who were two minutes, 28 seconds
(2:28) or faster than the Qualifying time for their age group and gender
were accepted into the 2016 Boston Marathon.

 

·        
28,594 applications were received during the registration period for qualifiers.

·        
24,032 Qualified applicants have been accepted to
date or are in the process of being accepted, pending verification of
their qualifying performance.

·        
4,562 applicants were unable to be accepted due to
the large number of eligible qualifiers who submitted an application for
entry combined with field size limitations.

·        
Details of the B.A.A.’s registration process for Qualifiers can be found on the following web page:

http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/athlete-registration.aspx

 

During the registration period, the breakdown of accepted Qualifiers was as follows:

 

·        
4,744 Qualifiers met their qualifying time by 20 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.

·        
7,495 Qualifiers met their qualifying time by 10 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.

·        
6,849 Qualifiers met their qualifying time by 05 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.

·        
4,540 Qualifiers met their qualifying time by 02 minutes, 28 seconds or faster.

·        
404 Qualifiers were accepted based on finishing 10 or more consecutive Boston Marathons.

 

During the second week of registration, 5,252 Qualifiers were accepted.

 

Those who submitted a verified qualifying
performance that was 2 minutes, 28 seconds or faster than the qualifying
standard for their age and gender have been accepted into the race.
Qualifying performances for the 2016 Boston Marathon
must have been run between September 13, 2014 and September 19, 2015. 
Notices via e-mail to those accepted will be issued by the B.A.A.
beginning today.

 

Of the registered athletes, 404 Qualifiers who
have an active streak of ten or more consecutive Boston Marathons
completed entered during a pre-registration period in August and have
been accepted. In the coming months, qualified elite
athletes and athletes with disabilities will be added to the field.

 

For reference, Qualifiers needed to be one
minute, 02 seconds or faster for their age group and gender for the 2015
Boston Marathon, and one minute, 38 seconds or faster for their age
group and gender for the 2014 Boston Marathon. 

 

The names of those runners who have been accepted will be posted on the “Entrants” page of the B.A.A.’s web site:

http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/entrants.aspx

 

“For so many runners, qualifying and
participating in the Boston Marathon is the highlight of their running
careers,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “It is
extraordinarily difficult to inform those who have qualified that the
field size is limited and there is not enough space for everyone. We
have worked hard to ensure a fair and balanced registration process that
gives qualified runners the best opportunity to participate in the
Boston Marathon. In order to ensure the greatest
race experience for runners, spectators, and everyone in the community,
we work with many constituencies to determine the most optimal field
size.”

 

Notices to those who submitted an application for entry but who were not accepted were also issued today.

 

2016 BOSTON MARATHON: Men’s Qualifying Standards and Accepted Times*

 

AGE GROUP       QUALIFYING STANDARD                              
QUALIFICATION TIMES ACCEPTED (faster than and including)

18-34                    
3hrs 05min 00sec                             
3hrs 02min 32sec

35-39                    
3hrs 10min 00sec                             
3hrs 07min 32sec

40-44                    
3hrs 15min 00sec                             
3hrs 12min 32sec

45-49                    
3hrs 25min 00sec                             
3hrs 22min 32sec

50-54                    
3hrs 30min 00sec                             
3hrs 27min 32sec

55-59                    
3hrs 40min 00sec                             
3hrs 37min 32sec

60-64                    
3hrs 55min 00sec                             
3hrs 52min 32sec

65-69                    
4hrs 10min 00sec                             
4hrs 07min 32sec

70-74                    
4hrs 25min 00sec                             
4hrs 22min 32sec

75-79                    
4hrs 40min 00sec                             
4hrs 37min 32sec

80 and older       4hrs 55min 00sec                             
4hrs 52min 32sec

 

2015 BOSTON MARATHON: Women’s Qualifying Standards and Accepted Times*

 

AGE GROUP       QUALIFYING STANDARD                              
QUALIFICATION TIMES ACCEPTED (faster than and including)

18-34                    
3hrs 35min 00sec                             
3hrs 32min 32sec

35-39                    
3hrs 40min 00sec                             
3hrs 37min 32sec

40-44                    
3hrs 45min 00sec                             
3hrs 42min 32sec

45-49                    
3hrs 55min 00sec                             
3hrs 52min 32sec

50-54                    
4hrs 00min 00sec                             
3hrs 57min 32sec

55-59                    
4hrs 10min 00sec                             
4hrs 07min 32sec

60-64                    
4hrs 25min 00sec                             
4hrs 22min 32sec

65-69                    
4hrs 40min 00sec                             
4hrs 37min 32sec

70-74                    
4hrs 55min 00sec                             
4hrs 52min 32sec

75-79                    
5hrs 10min 00sec                             
5hrs 07min 32sec

80 and older       5hrs 25min 00sec                             
5hrs 22min 32sec

 

* Potential, qualified entrants for the 2016
Boston Marathon must have met the designated time standard that
corresponds with their age group and gender in a certified marathon on
or after September 13, 2014 and prior to having submitted
an entry application. Proof of qualification must accompany each
athlete’s application, and participants are required to be 18 years or
older on race day.

 

Qualifying performances achieved on or after
Saturday, September 19, 2015 will be valid for 2017 Boston Marathon
registration submissions. The registration dates for that year’s race
have not yet been established.

 

 

ATHLETES WITH DISABILITIES – QUALIFYING TIMES & REGISTRATION DATES

 

Registration for Athletes with Disabilities will
occur on a “rolling admission” schedule, beginning with the fastest
qualifiers on Monday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m. ET. For more information,
please visit:

http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/qualifying/athletes-with-disabilities.aspx

 

 

ABOUT THE BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (B.A.A.)

 

Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic
Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a
healthy 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, including high
performance athletes and running club. Since 1986, the principal sponsor
of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial.
The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along
with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New
York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in
2015. The 120th Boston Marathon will be
held on Monday, April 18, 2016. For more information on the B.A.A.,
please visit
www.baa.org.

 

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