B.A.A. Offering Refunds for Postponed Marathon & 5K for First Time Ever

Information for Registered Participants of the Boston Marathon and B.A.A. 5K

B.A.A. to offer refunds for first time 

The B.A.A.’s Brian Harvey leads a quartet of top-20 finishers at the 2018 BAA 5K. Photo by FitzFoto/NERunner



BOSTON (April 1, 2020) — The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that participants in the 2020 Boston Marathon, which was originally scheduled for April 20, 2020 but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, may elect to receive a refund for entry fees associated with the Boston Marathon.

All registered participants will remain entered in the event, now scheduled for Monday, September 14, 2020. If entrants cannot participate in September, they will have the opportunity to receive a refund.

“Our primary focus remains on the health and well-being of participants, staff, volunteers, spectators, supporters, and everyone in our greater community,” said Tom Grilk, Chief Executive Officer of the B.A.A. “We’d like our entrants to join us in September. However, while we are in the midst of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we want to extend an offer of refund to our entrants so they may be able to plan accordingly.”

The September 14 race will serve as a qualifier for the 2021 Boston Marathon. Registration for the 2021 Boston Marathon will take place after Monday, September 14, 2020.

The B.A.A. 5K, originally scheduled for April 18, has been postponed to Saturday, September 12, 2020. Participants in the B.A.A. 5K will also be provided with the opportunity to receive a refund. This is the first time the B.A.A. has offered a refund option to official entrants.

On March 13, alongside Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced the that the 2020 Boston Marathon had been postponed from April 20 to September 14, 2020 in an effort to safeguard the health of the public.

The B.A.A. has been cooperating with municipal leaders from the eight cities and towns through which the marathon course runs to coordinate the September dates for Boston Marathon weekend. For the 35th year, John Hancock will serve as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon.


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. manages the Boston Marathon, and also supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round programming. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.

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