Boston marathon qualifying times

  • For the 2022 Boston Marathon, qualifying times must be run on or after September 1, 2019.
  • Registration for the 2022 Boston Marathon took place over five days, November 8–November 12, 2021.
  • The qualifying times below are based upon each athlete’s age on the date of the 2022 Boston Marathon (April 18, 2022).
  • Qualifying times are based on official submitted net time (also known as chip time).
  • Due to field size limitations, achieving one’s qualifying standard does not guarantee entry into the event, but simply the opportunity to submit a registration application.
    • In recent years, not all qualifiers who submit an entry have been accepted due to field size restrictions.
    • If the total amount of submissions surpasses the allotted field size for qualified athletes, then those who are the fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender group will be accepted.
  • See the current qualifying standards below.
  • The qualifying window for the 2022 Boston Marathon is open from September 1, 2019 through the conclusion of the registration period, 5:00PM ET on November 12, 2021. 
  • Qualifying times may be used for multiple race registrations so long as the achieved qualifying time was run within the race’s specified qualifying window. The qualifying window for the 2022 Boston Marathon is September 1, 2019 through November 12, 2021. The qualifying window for the 2021 Boston Marathon was September 15, 2018 through April 23, 2021. As such, any time run between September 1, 2019 and April 23, 2021 that was used for 2021 registration may still be used for 2022 registration. Please note that achieving and submitting a qualifying time for multiple races does not guarantee acceptance.
  • Participants will need to provide proof of vaccination prior to participating in the April 18, 2022 race. To be considered fully vaccinated participants must have completed a vaccination series of a World Health Organization-certified vaccine prior to bib number pick up (Friday, April 15). Any registered athlete who cannot provide proof of vaccination will not be allowed to participate in the race. Requests for a medical exemption will be reviewed individually.
  • The qualifying window for the 127th Boston Marathon, scheduled to take place on April 17, 2023, began on September 1, 2021. Registration details for that race will be announced following the 2022 Boston Marathon.
18-343hrs 00min 00sec3hrs 30min 00sec
35-393hrs 05min 00sec3hrs 35min 00sec
40-443hrs 10min 00sec3hrs 40min 00sec
45-493hrs 20min 00sec3hrs 50min 00sec
50-543hrs 25min 00sec3hrs 55min 00sec
55-593hrs 35min 00sec4hrs 05min 00sec
60-643hrs 50min 00sec4hrs 20min 00sec
65-694hrs 05min 00sec4hrs 35min 00sec
70-744hrs 20min 00sec4hrs 50min 00sec
75-794hrs 35min 00sec5hrs 05min 00sec
80 and over4hrs 50min 00sec5hrs 20min 00sec


  • The qualifying window will be open until the end on registrations for Boston Marathon (once the maximum field size is completed). Dates for registration will be announced in the next few months.
  • Only a fully-certified marathon distance is acceptable to qualify.
  • Distances that are less than a complete marathon will not be considered.
  • The times of indoor marathons or virtual marathons cannot be used for qualification purposes.
  • We accept time-based qualifying that are from USATF, AIMS, or equivalent foreign courses.
  • The Boston Marathon does not designate the races that meet the qualifying standards.
  • Contact the race you would like to compete at to find out whether they have a current qualification.
  • A comprehensive calendar of the upcoming marathons in your region can be found on:
  • The qualifying hours are all subject to verification and review.
  • The minimum age requirement for running the Boston Marathon is 18 years of age on race day.
  • Though the B.A.A. will notify registrants following the submission of their registration form but runners will not be officially admitted to running until they have qualified times are confirmed. The time required to confirm qualifying times can vary and could be longer than a few days, based on the marathon that qualifies.


In the past, those who exceed their minimum qualifying standards by a greater percentage or time, are likely to get selected for the Boston Marathon. Because of the limitations on field size and the increased interest for participation and a different “cut-off” time (a time that is lower than the minimum qualifying standard for gender and age) is in place. Below is a listing of the times participants must be able to run speedier times than their minimum standards in order to be admitted to participate in the race:


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