Boston Marathon Registration To Open on Monday

By Chris Lotsbom
(c) 2011 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

(07-Sep) -- The Boston Athletic Association, organizers of the Boston Marathon and other events, will open registration to the 2012 edition of the Boston Marathon this coming Monday, September 12, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. New this year is a registration procedure that allows the fastest qualifiers to sign up first. The switch comes following last year's registration rush, where the race filled up in record time.

On Monday, athletes who have met the qualifying standards for their age group by 20 minutes or more can register. Two days later, on September 14, those who have met their standards by 10 minutes or more are allowed to register. On Friday, September 16, registration will open for those who have met their respective qualifying standards by five minutes or more, if space remains.

Registration will close from Saturday, September 17 at 10:00 p.m., ET and will re-open if space remains on Monday, September 19 to all qualifiers until September 23 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

The 2012 Boston Marathon is set for Monday, April 16, Patriots Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Last year, Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won the 115th edition in 2:03:02, the fastest time ever run in all conditions for the marathon.  Caroline Kilel, also of Kenya, outsprinted American Desiree Davila to capture the women's title.

Below are the qualifying times needed for the 2012 Boston Marathon. Note that the times are the same as those needed for the past few years. Starting in 2013, qualifying times will be tightened by five minutes.

Age Group      Men            Women

18-34          3hrs 10min     3hrs 40min

35-39          3hrs 15min     3hrs 45min

40-44          3hrs 20min     3hrs 50min

45-49          3hrs 30min     4hrs 00min

50-54          3hrs 35min     4hrs 05min

55-59          3hrs 45min     4hrs 15min

60-64          4hrs 00min     4hrs 30min

65-69          4hrs 15min     4hrs 45min

70-74          4hrs 30min     5hrs 00min

75-79          4hrs 45min     5hrs 15min

80 and over    5hrs 00min     5hrs 30min



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