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The B.A.A. has announced that registration for the 124th Boston Marathon, to be held on Monday, April 20, 2020, will open September 9, 2019. It will follow the same process as in previous years, except that qualifying standards for 2020 have been tightened up by five minutes across all age categories.
Registration is entirely online, at www.baa.org. The B.A.A. follows a process of allowing the fastest qualifiers to register first, with a rolling admission schedule.
How it works:
On Monday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. ET, eligible runners who have met the qualifying standard for their age and gender by 20 minutes or more may register.
On Wednesday, September 11 at 10:00 a.m. ET, registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standard by 10 minutes or more.
On Friday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. ET, registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standard by five minutes or more.
Registration will close for week one on Saturday, September 14 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
If space remains after the first week registration will re-open for all qualifiers from Monday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Wednesday, September 18 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
As during the first week of registration, the fastest qualifiers by gender and age group will be granted entry as space allows.
If space remains after the first two weeks of registration:
On Monday, September 23 at 10:00 a.m. ET, registration will re-open to anyone who meets the qualifying standards.
Registration will remain open for valid qualifiers on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum field size is reached, or until Sunday, October 27 at 5:00 p.m. ET (whichever comes first).
The qualifying window for 2020 began on September 15, 2018, and you may run a qualifying race anytime until the race is full or by Sunday, October 27, 2019, whichever comes first.
Qualifying standards for 2020 (all qualifying times are based on chip time):
Age Group Men & Women, 18-34 (3hrs, 3hrs 30min), 35-39 (3hrs 05min, 3hrs 35min), 40-44 (3hrs 10min, 3hrs 40min), 45-49 (3hrs 20min, 3hrs 50min), 50-54 (3hrs 25min, 3hrs 55min), 55-59 (3hrs 35min, 4hrs 05min), 60-64 (3hrs 50min, 4hrs 20min), 65-69 (4hrs 05min, 4hrs 35min), 70-74 (4hrs 20min, 4hrs 50min), 75-79 (4hrs 35min, 5hrs 05min), 80 and over (4hrs 50min, 5hrs 20min).(05/16/2019) ⚡AMP
The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events. The event attracts 500,000 spectators each year, making it New England's most widely viewed sporting event. Though starting with 18 participants in 1897, the event now attracts over 20,000 registered participants each year. You have to qualify to participate. Among...more...
The weather at this year's Boston Marathon was horrible. Many elite runners and others just could not handle these conditions and did not finish. For the first time I can remember, several female runners that started in wave one placed.
With all the pressure of the media, the B.A.A. is going to hand out cash awards based on chip timing. This year's race should be looked at as unique and I do endorse the B.A.A. decision.
But to change things in the future would not be a good idea. Chip timing works for age-group but most major road races use gun time to award prize money.
In fact, gun time is the only time accepted by both USA Track & Field and the International Association of Athletics Federation.
David Monti, publisher of Race Results Weekly, wrote Sports Day, "To score an elite race based on chip times is both rare and risky. It's risky, because it is possible for an athlete to purposely start well behind the elites, say five minutes, then compete for prize money clandestinely and out of view.
“It's very possible that the first man or woman to break the tape will not actually be the race winner if the race is scored on chip time. How would that look?"
We also know that there are people who cheat. It is much easier to keep track of the smaller elite fields than a field of thousands. I think we do need to stick with gun time in the future for the overall top open places.(05/04/2018) ⚡AMP