Registration for 2012 BAA Boston Marathon Opens Monday, 9-12

Boston Athletic Association Opens

Boston Marathon Registration on September


BOSTON ‰ÛÓ The Boston Athletic Association
(B.A.A.) today issued a reminder that registration for the 2012 Boston Marathon
will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET on Monday, September 12, 2011. Its new registration
process will allow the fastest qualifiers to register first, and the
registration period will continue for two weeks, or until the field size is
reached. Race registration will be held entirely online at


On Monday, September 12, eligible
runners who’ve met the qualifying standards for their age and gender by 20
minutes or more may register. On September 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET registration will
open for those who have met their qualifying standards by 10 minutes or more (if
space remains), and on Friday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET (if space remains),
registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standards by five
minutes or more.


Registration will close from
Saturday, September 17 at 10:00 p.m., ET and, (if space remains) will re-open on
Monday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET to all qualifiers until September 23 at
5:00 p.m. ET. Those who are the fastest among the pool of applicants in their
age and gender will be accepted. 


Boston Marathon Registration Dates

Monday, September 12          
Qualifiers 20 minutes, 00 seconds or faster

Wednesday, September 14    Qualifiers 10 minutes, 00 seconds or faster, (if space

Friday, September 16            
Qualifiers 5 minutes, 00 seconds or faster, (if space

Monday, September 19          
All qualifiers, (if space remains)

Friday, September 23            
Registration closes


A few important

  • The 2012
    Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 16, 2012.
  • The field
    size for the 2012 Boston Marathon will not represent a significant increase
    from recent years.
  • The
    qualifying standards for the 2012 Boston Marathon have not changed from recent
  • The 59
    seconds which had been given to runners in years past is only applicable for
    week two qualifiers (September 19 ‰ÛÓ September 23).
  • If space
    remains available after the two week process, registration will remain open to
    any qualifier on a first come, first served basis until the maximum field size
    is reached.
  • The B.A.A.
    will make an announcement if the field size limit is reached prior to the
    conclusion of the registration period.
  • Though the
    B.A.A. will e-mail registrants upon the completion of their form, runners are
    not officially entered into the race until their qualifying time is verified.
    This can take a matter of seconds or days depending on the race.
  • The
    qualification window for the 2013 Boston Marathon will begin on Saturday,
    September 24, or as soon as 2012 registration closes.
  • The
    qualifying standards for the 2013 Boston Marathon are five minutes more
    stringent than the standards for the 2012 race, as shown

2012 Boston Marathon Qualifying


Age Group                  

3hrs 10min     
3hrs 40min

3hrs 15min     
3hrs 45min

3hrs 20min     
3hrs 50min

3hrs 30min     
4hrs 00min

3hrs 35min     
4hrs 05min

3hrs 45min     
4hrs 15min

4hrs 00min     
4hrs 30min

4hrs 15min     
4hrs 45min

4hrs 30min     
5hrs 00min

4hrs 45min     
5hrs 15min

80 and over                
5hrs 00min     
5hrs 30min



in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization
with a mission of managing athletic events and 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. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of
the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston
Marathon is part of the World Marathon Majors along with the Virgin
London Marathon, BMW Berlin Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon,
and the ING New York City Marathon.

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