Registration opened Monday at 10 a.m. ET for those who have met the qualifying standards for the 2014 Boston Marathon. The Boston Athletic Association will continue to use the same registration process it has used the past couple of years, meaning the fastest qualifiers are allowed to register first.
On Monday, runners who "have met the qualifying standard by 20 minutes, 00 seconds or faster," will be allowed to register. After that, the registration follows this schedule:
- Wednesday, September 11, 10:00 a.m. ET - Qualifiers who have met the qualifying standard by 10 minutes, 00 seconds or faster (if space remains).
- Friday, September 13, 10:00 a.m. ET - Qualifiers who have met the qualifying standard by 5 minutes, 00 seconds or faster (if space remains).
- Monday, September 16, 10:00 a.m. ET - All qualifiers who have met the qualifying standard (if space remains).
- Friday, September 20 - Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. ET.
- If space remains after this initial period, then on Monday, September 23 at 10:00 a.m. ET, registration will re-open to anyone who meets the qualifying standards on a first come, first served basis.
- Registration will remain open until the maximum field size is reached.
The 2014 Boston Marathon, set for April 21, will run with a field size of 36,000, as announced by the BAA in August.
Those runners who were unable to finish their 2013 Boston Marathon received a special registration window (Aug. 19-29) -- among the 5624 runners unable to finish, more than 4,500 submitted entries.
"The B.A.A. is aware of the significantly increased interest in registering for the 2014 Boston Marathon," said B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk. "The rolling admission schedule will provide runners with the fastest qualifying times in their age and gender group the ability to have their entry accepted in an orderly and systematic manner. We understand many marathoners and qualifiers want to run Boston in 2014, and we appreciate the support and patience that the running community has demonstrated because of the bombings that occurred this past Spring."
The BAA also makes clear that runners will likely be subjected to security checks, and the race might not offer a gear check.