BOSTON – The
Boston Athletic Association today announced that registration for the 2013
Boston Marathon® has closed, and applications for entry are no
longer being accepted.
Registration began on September 10 and were accepted on a
rolling admission basis through Thursday morning, October 11. For the
second year, registration for the Boston Marathon allowed the fastest runners to
enter early during the process, resulting in an orderly system.
The 117th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday,
April 15, 2013 (PatriotsÛª Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts),
and for the 28th consecutive year, John Hancock Financial will be
the principal sponsor of the event.
Prior to having submitted an application for the Boston
Marathon, an entrant first must have attained a qualifying standard by running
a certified marathon within a designated amount of time which corresponds to
age and gender. Qualifying performances are verified prior to confirmation of
acceptance as an official entrant into the race. The B.A.A.Ûªs
qualifying standards and entry process are unique to the Boston Marathon and
affirm the raceÛªs claim as the worldÛªs most prestigious road race.
Due to an increased demand by runners in recent years to
participate in the Boston Marathon and for the first time since the 1990 race,
the qualifying times for all age groups and both genders were adjusted and made
more stringent by five minutes.
we would like to accept everyone who has qualified and would like to run, field
size limits are in effect to ensure the best possible event experience for
all,Û said Tom Grilk, B.A.A.
Executive Director. ÛÏWe congratulate the many runners who met the
challenge of running a personal best in order to qualify for the 2013 Boston
Marathon, and we wish the best of luck to those who will be running marathons
this weekend and throughout the fall with the hope of qualifying for the 2014
Boston Marathon. We are honored they have made running our race one of their
athletic goals, and we admire their commitment to their own running.Û
The field size for the 2013 Boston Marathon has been set at
27,000 official entrants, which is the same as the field size limit for the
most recent two years. Eighty percent of the field is comprised of athletes who
have met the qualifying standards. The balance consists of invitational
entrants, many of whom run for local charitable organizations. In 2013,
the B.A.A. will mark the 25th year of its Official Charity Program
for the Boston Marathon. Since 1989, between the B.A.A.Ûªs program
and principal sponsor John Hancock FinancialÛªs Non-Profit Bib Program for
the Boston Marathon, more than $150 million has been fund raised for charity,
placing the event as one of the most important civic and community events to
occur annually in the United
The qualifying window for the 2014 Boston Marathon began on
September 22, 2012. The registration dates for that yearÛªs race have
not yet been established.
About the Boston
Athletic Association (B.A.A.)
Established in 1887, and now in its 125th year, 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.
Nearly 50,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2012.