Registration for the 2018 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, September 11, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. ET. The Boston Athletic Association will use the same process to register qualified runners as it has used in recent years, allowing the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first.
The 122nd Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and for the 33rd consecutive year the Boston Marathon will be sponsored by John Hancock. Registration will be held entirely online at www.baa.org. The qualification window for the 2018 Boston Marathon began on Saturday, September 17, 2016.
To qualify for the Boston Marathon, athletes must meet time standards which correspond to their age and gender. The qualifying times for the 2018 Boston Marathon remain unchanged from recent years (see below).
Registration will occur on a “rolling admission” schedule, beginning with the fastest qualifiers. On Monday, September 11, eligible runners who have met the qualifying standard for their age and gender by 20 minutes or more may register. On Wednesday, September 13, 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 15 at 10:00 a.m. ET for those who have met their qualifying standard by five minutes or more. Registration will close for week one on Saturday, September 16, at 10:00 p.m. ET.
If space remains after the first week of registration (Monday, September 11, through Saturday, September 16), then registration will re-open for all qualifiers from Monday, September 18, at 10:00 a.m. ET through Wednesday, September 20, at 5:00 p.m. ET. As during the first week of registration, entry during this period (Sept. 18-20) will not be first-come, first-served and the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group among these submissions will be given entry as space allows. If space remains after this initial period, then on Monday, September 25, registration will re-open to anyone who meets the qualifying standards. Registration will remain open on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum field size is reached.
“The Boston Marathon is the oldest consecutively run marathon in the world, and we at the B.A.A. are grateful that so many dedicated athletes desire to compete here,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Chief Executive Officer. “We are inspired by the devotion and commitment displayed by all those aiming to meet the Boston Marathon qualifying standards.”
The Boston Marathon registration process ensures that the fastest qualifiers will be accepted first. However, achieving one’s qualifying standard does not guarantee entry. Those who are fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender group will be accepted.
Working in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route, the B.A.A. will set and announce the field size for the 2018 Boston Marathon this summer. The 2015, 2016, and 2017 Boston Marathons had field sizes of 30,000 official entrants.