This morning, the Boston Athletic Association announced registration for elite runners begins at 10 a.m. ET today.
The B.A.A. made the official announcement on social media.
Registration opens today at 10:00 a.m. ET for the 2015 Boston Marathon to those who have met the B.A.A.'s... http://t.co/2rUuJr3eq4— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) September 8, 2014
According to the B.A.A. website, today's eligible registrants must meet their age and gender bracket's required time by 20 minutes or more. Times vary based on these two variables, but the fastest listings are 3:05:00 and 3:35:00 for men and women in the 18-34 age group. Check out the complete list of qualifying standards here.
After today, registration staggers the time requirements to 10 minutes or more on Wednesday, September 10 at 10 a.m., and 5 minutes or more on Friday, September 12 at 10 a.m. Registration closes on Saturday, September 13 at 10 p.m.
If space remains after this first week, registration for all qualifiers will open next Monday, September 15 at 10 a.m. and remain open until Wednesday, September 17 at 5 p.m.
If space remains still, registration for all who meet qualifying standards will open on Monday, September 22 at 10 a.m. and remain open until the field is filled.
As always, entry is not first come, first serve. Rather, approved entry is based on whether or not you meet the qualifying standards for your age group, and by how much.
Considering the B.A.A. announced a field of 30,000 back in August, its third largest field ever, there will undoubtedly be room left by September 22. However, like marathons past, these spots will fill up quickly. Also, don't forget the numerous official charities and municipal organizations who provide a predetermined number of bibs to their team members.
The 2013 Boston Marathon had a field of 27,000, and last year's special race increased the field to 36,000 to give 2013's non-finishers a chance to complete the race.