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Qualifying for the Boston Marathon

Qualifying for the Boston Marathon: New England's Fastest RacesUnderstanding Boston Marathon Qualifying Times

The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) sets specific qualifying times for runners based on age and gender. Although meeting these times does not guarantee entry due to the race's competitive nature, it is a crucial first step in the application process.

Please verify with the BAA for the most current and accurate information as these times are subject to change.

Qualifying Times for the Boston Marathon

Qualifying Times for the Boston Marathon

Age Group Men's Qualifying Time Women's Qualifying Time
18-34 3hrs 00min 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+ 4hrs 50min 5hrs 20min
Marathon Pace Chart with km/min

Marathon Pace Chart with mile/min & km/min

Age Group Men's Pace per Mile Men's Pace per Km Women's Pace per Mile Women's Pace per Km
18-34 6:52 4:16 8:01 4:59
35-39 7:01 4:22 8:09 5:04
40-44 7:10 4:27 8:17 5:09
45-49 7:40 4:46 8:44 5:26
50-54 7:49 4:51 8:53 5:32
55-59 8:09 5:04 9:20 5:48
60-64 8:44 5:26 9:57 6:11
65-69 9:20 5:48 10:31 6:32
70-74 9:57 6:11 11:05 6:53
75-79 10:31 6:32 11:40 7:15
80+ 11:05 6:53 12:15 7:37
Qualifying for the Boston Marathon: Delta Times

"Cut-Off" Time for Qualifying for the Boston Marathon

Year Delta Time
2024 5 min 29 sec
2023 Data not provided
2022 Data not provided
2021 7 min 47 sec
2020 1 min 39 sec
2019 4 min 52 sec
2018 3 min 23 sec
2017 2 min 09 sec
2016 2 min 28 sec

Training Tips for Achieving Qualifying Times

  1. Interval Training: Enhances speed and cardiovascular fitness.
  2. Tempo Runs: Develops the ability to sustain a high pace over longer distances.
  3. Long Runs: Increases stamina and efficiency in fuel use.
  4. Recovery: Critical for preventing injuries and ensuring muscle recovery and strengthening.
  5. Tailored Nutrition: Supports overall performance and recovery.
  6. Mental Preparation: Helps maintain focus and motivation during training and races.
  7. Personalized Training Plan: Adapts to individual strengths and weaknesses, optimizing preparation for the marathon.

Spotlight on Qualifying Races and Marathon Majors

To qualify for the Boston Marathon, runners must participate in a BAA-certified marathon within the qualifying window. These races not only need to meet BAA standards but often provide flat and fast conditions conducive to setting personal bests.

Qualifying for the Boston Marathon: New England's Fastest Races

Marathon Majors

Marathon Date Location Website
Tokyo Marathon March 3, 2024 Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Marathon
Boston Marathon April 15, 2024 Boston, USA Boston Marathon
London Marathon April 21, 2024 London, UK London Marathon
Berlin Marathon September 29, 2024 Berlin, Germany Berlin Marathon
Chicago Marathon October 13, 2024 Chicago, USA Chicago Marathon
New York Marathon November 3, 2024 New York, USA New York Marathon
Qualifying for the Boston Marathon: New England's Fastest Races

Qualifying for the Boston Marathon: New England's Fastest Races

Local New England Races

Race Date Website
New England Green River Marathon August 26, 2024 Green River Marathon
Baystate Marathon October 22, 2024 Baystate Marathon
Cape Cod Marathon October 29, 2024 Cape Cod Marathon
Beantown Marathon September 10, 2024 Beantown Marathon
Charles River Marathon September 3, 2024 Charles River Marathon
Clarence DeMar Marathon September 24, 2024 Clarence DeMar Marathon
New England Series Marathon May 15, 2024 New England Series Marathon


The path to qualifying for the Boston Marathon in New England is lined with opportunities. From scenic local races to the prestigious World Marathon Majors, runners have numerous options to achieve their qualifying times. By integrating effective training strategies with an understanding of the qualifying requirements, runners can enhance their chances of participating in one of the world’s most famous marathons.