How to Qualify

Runners who wish to qualify for the Boston Marathon must meet the designated time standard set forth by the Boston Athletic Association that corresponds with their age group and gender.

Proof of a qualifying time must accompany each athlete’s race application, and qualified participants are required to be 18 years or older on race day.

For the 2013 Boston Marathon, qualifying times were made more stringent than the year before, and MUST be run on or after September 24, 2011. The acceptance of official race entrants will be based on qualifying time, with the fastest qualifiers in each gender and age group being accepted first until the race is full.

Note: All qualifying times are subject to review and verification. The qualifying times listed below are based upon the athlete’s age on the date of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

2013 Qualifying Times (effective September 24, 2011)

Age Group Men Women
18 – 34 3 hrs 05 min 00 sec 3 hrs 35 min 00 sec
35 – 39 3 hrs 10 min 00 sec 3 hrs 40 min 00 sec
40 – 44 3 hrs 15 min 00 sec 3 hrs 45 min 00 sec
45 – 49 3 hrs 25 min 00 sec 3 hrs 55 min 00 sec
50 – 54 3 hrs 30 min 00 sec 4 hrs 00 min 00 sec
55 – 59 3 hrs 40 min 00 sec 4 hrs 10 min 00 sec
60 – 64 3 hrs 55 min 00 sec 4 hrs 25 min 00 sec
65 – 69 4 hrs 10 min 00 sec 4 hrs 40 min 00 sec
70 – 74 4 hrs 25 min 00 sec 4 hrs 55 min 00 sec
75 – 79 4 hrs 40 min 00 sec 5 hrs 10 min 00 sec
80 and over 4 hrs 55 min 00 sec 5 hrs 25 min 00 sec

Unlike previous years, an additional 59 seconds will NOT be accepted for each age group time standard.