2016 Boston Marathon Acceptances Are Out – This Year You Had To Run 2:28 Faster Than Qualifying Time To Get Accepted

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by LetsRun.com
October 1, 2015

The BAA has sent us a press release detailing what it actually took to get into the 2016 Boston Marathon. Hitting the qualifying time doesn’t do it, you need to be a little faster – the exact amount varies each much each year. This year, you needed to run 2:28 faster than your qualifying to get accepted. Below are the times that got in for the various age groups:

2016 BOSTON MARATHON: Men’s Qualifying Standards and Accepted Times*

AGE GROUP       QUALIFYING STANDARD               QUALIFICATION TIMES ACCEPTED (faster than and including)

18-34                     3hrs 05min 00sec                              3hrs 02min 32sec

35-39                     3hrs 10min 00sec                              3hrs 07min 32sec

40-44                     3hrs 15min 00sec                              3hrs 12min 32sec

45-49                     3hrs 25min 00sec                              3hrs 22min 32sec

50-54                     3hrs 30min 00sec                              3hrs 27min 32sec

55-59                     3hrs 40min 00sec                              3hrs 37min 32sec

60-64                     3hrs 55min 00sec                              3hrs 52min 32sec

65-69                     4hrs 10min 00sec                              4hrs 07min 32sec

70-74                     4hrs 25min 00sec                              4hrs 22min 32sec

75-79                     4hrs 40min 00sec                              4hrs 37min 32sec

80 and older       4hrs 55min 00sec                              4hrs 52min 32sec

2015 BOSTON MARATHON: Women’s Qualifying Standards and Accepted Times*

AGE GROUP       QUALIFYING STANDARD               QUALIFICATION TIMES ACCEPTED (faster than and including)

18-34                     3hrs 35min 00sec                              3hrs 32min 32sec

35-39                     3hrs 40min 00sec                              3hrs 37min 32sec

40-44                     3hrs 45min 00sec                              3hrs 42min 32sec

45-49                     3hrs 55min 00sec                              3hrs 52min 32sec

50-54                     4hrs 00min 00sec                              3hrs 57min 32sec

55-59                     4hrs 10min 00sec                              4hrs 07min 32sec

60-64                     4hrs 25min 00sec                              4hrs 22min 32sec

65-69                     4hrs 40min 00sec                              4hrs 37min 32sec

70-74                     4hrs 55min 00sec                              4hrs 52min 32sec

75-79                     5hrs 10min 00sec                              5hrs 07min 32sec

80 and older       5hrs 25min 00sec                              5hrs 22min 32sec

More than 80% of the 30,000 offiical entrants in 2016 got in via qualification. The rest are filled mainly by charity runners. More 2016 Boston Stats:

  • 28,594 applications were received during the registration period for qualifiers.
  • 24,032 Qualified applicants have been accepted to date or are in the process of being accepted, pending verification of their qualifying performance.
  • 4,562 applicants were unable to be accepted due to the large number of eligible qualifiers who submitted an application for entry combined with field size limitations.
  • Details of the B.A.A.’s registration process for Qualifiers can be found on the following web page: http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/athlete-registration.aspx

During the registration period, the breakdown of accepted Qualifiers was as follows:

  • 4,744 Qualifiers met their qualifying time by 20 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
  • 7,495 Qualifiers met their qualifying time by 10 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
  • 6,849 Qualifiers met their qualifying time by 05 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
  • 4,540 Qualifiers met their qualifying time by 02 minutes, 28 seconds or faster.
  • 404 Qualifiers were accepted based on finishing 10 or more consecutive Boston Marathons.

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