BAA Sets 2015 Marathon Field Size at 30,000

Registration opens on Monday, September 8. The 119th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015.



‰ÛÒ The Boston Athletic Association
(B.A.A.) has set a field size of 30,000 entrants for the 2015 Boston
Marathon. Registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon will open on Monday,
September 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET. The B.A.A. will use the same
process to register qualified runners as it used
for the Boston Marathon in 2012, 2013 and 2014, allowing the fastest
qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first.


The 119th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015, Patriots‰Ûª Day in the
Commonwealth of
Massachusetts, and will mark the 30th 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. established the field size at 30,000 entrants, which
is the third-largest field size in the event‰Ûªs history. From 2009 to
2013, the field size was 27,000. The Centennial Boston Marathon in 1996
had the event‰Ûªs largest-ever field size of 38,708,
which stood for seven years as the largest in marathon history. The
2014 Boston Marathon had a field size of 36,000.


B.A.A. worked with many partners for more than a year to reclaim the
joy and celebration of Patriots‰Ûª Day at the
2014 Boston Marathon,‰Û said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. ‰ÛÏAs
we look forward to 2015, our goal is to accommodate as many participants
as possible in the Boston Marathon, while maintaining the exceptional
race experience and unique characteristics
that make this event special. Our field size limit allows us to meet
that goal, and our registration process recognizes the commitment needed
to qualify and gain entry into the Boston Marathon.‰Û


Registration will be held entirely online at
The qualification window
for the 2015 Boston Marathon began last year on September 14, 2013. To
qualify for the Boston Marathon, athletes must meet time standards which
correspond to age and gender. The qualifying times for the 2015 Boston
Marathon remain unchanged from recent years
and are listed on the B.A.A.‰Ûªs website:


will occur on a ‰ÛÏrolling admission‰Û schedule, beginning with the
fastest qualifiers. On Monday, September
8, eligible runners who have met the qualifying standard for their age
and gender by 20 minutes or more may register. On Wednesday, September
10 at 10:00 a.m. ET, if space remains, registration will open for those
who have met their qualifying standard by
10 minutes or more. If space remains, registration will open on Friday,
September 12 at 10:00 a.m. ET for those who have met their qualifying
standard by five minutes or more. Registration will pause on Saturday,
September 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET.


space remains after the first week of registration (Monday, September 8
through Saturday, September 13), then registration
will re-open for all qualifiers from Monday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m.
ET through Wednesday, September 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET. As during the first
week of registration, race entry during this period (September 15 – 17)
will be given to the fastest qualifiers
in their gender and age group, as space allows. If space remains after
September 17, then on Monday, September 22 registration will re-open to
anyone who meets the qualifying standards on a first-come, first-served
basis until the maximum field size is reached.


The registration fee for the 2015 Boston Marathon for qualifiers is $175 USD for
United States residents and $225 USD for international residents.


About the
Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.)
Established 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.‰Ûªs 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 international
marathons in
Tokyo, London, Berlin,
Chicago, and New York City. The 119th Boston Marathon will be held on
Monday, April 20, 2015. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit  


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