2018 Boston Marathon® Qualifier Acceptances

2018 Boston Marathon® Qualifier Acceptances

The 122nd Boston Marathon® will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018 and will mark the 33rd consecutive year that the event will have John Hancock as its principal sponsor.

In cooperation with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route, the B.A.A. has set the field size for the 2018 Boston Marathon at 30,000 official entrants. More than 80% of the field will be comprised of athletes who have met the qualifying standards. The balance will consist of invitational entrants, including runners participating as part of the Boston Marathon’s Official Charity Program and John Hancock’s Non-Profit Bib Program, as well as invited elite athletes.

Qualifiers who were 3 minutes, 23 seconds (3:23) or faster than the qualifying time for their age group and gender were accepted into the 2018 Boston Marathon.

  • 28,260 applications were received during the registration period for qualifiers.
  • 23,198 Qualified applicants have been accepted to date or are in the process of being accepted, pending verification of their qualifying performance.
  • 5,062 applicants were unable to be accepted due to the large number of eligible qualifiers who submitted an application for entry combined with field size limitations.

On October 16, the B.A.A. will open registration for Athletes with Disabilities. During this time period, eligible athletes in the Push Rim Wheelchair Division, Visually Impaired Division, Mobility Impaired Program, Handcycle Program, and Duo Team Program can submit registration applications. For athletes with disabilities, specific information on the registration timetable can be found at http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/athlete-registration/athletes-with-disabilities.aspx.

"Each year, thousands of marathoners across the globe aspire to qualify for, compete in, and ultimately finish the Boston Marathon,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Chief Executive Officer. “For many runners, completing the Boston Marathon is viewed as the ultimate goal in athletics. Informing those who have qualified that there is simply not enough space for everyone in the field is immensely difficult. Our entire organization at the B.A.A. has worked hard to ensure a fair process that gives runners who have qualified the best opportunity to enter the Boston Marathon. We thank runners for their understanding, cooperation, and support of the Boston Marathon year in and year out. We recognize and applaud their determination to participate in the Boston Marathon.”


Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs, including high performance athletes and running club. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 runners participate in B.A.A. events annually. The 122nd Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.

The Martin Richard Foundation provides opportunities for individuals and communities to live out the values of peace, justice and kindness.

Martin Richard Foundation is proud to support the following organizations:

  • ABCD (Summer Jobs Program)
  • Abington St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016
  • Adaptive Sports New England, Boston
  • Alexander County Family YMCA, North Carolina
  • All Dorchester Sports League, Boston
  • America Scores Boston
  • Amphibious Achievement, MIT
  • Athletes Serving Athletes, Lutherville, MD
  • Authorizing Action, North Carolina
  • Ben's Bells, Tucson, Arizona
  • Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
  • Boston Centers for Youth and Family
  • Boston Police Athletic League
  • Boy's Hope Girls Hope Ohio
  • Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester
  • Brookline Teen Center
  • buildOn, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Canton Challengers
  • Carl Hosea Helping Hands Foundation
  • Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover Foundation, Springfield, MA
  • Casa Nueva Vida, Roxbury
  • Cedar Grove Baseball
  • Christmas in the City, Boston
  • College Bound Dorchester, Boston
  • Community Boat Building, Boston
  • DJ Dream Fund
  • Dorchester Day Parade Committee 2016
  • Dorchester Eagles Pop Warner
  • Dorchester Education & Enrichment Program (DEEP)
  • Dorchester Street Hockey
  • Dorchester Youth Hockey
  • Dorchester Youth Soccer
  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute
  • GenerationOn
  • Greater Ashmont Area Main Streets, Boston
  • Greater Neponset Flag Football League, Dorchester MA
  • Have A Sammi Kinda Day
  • Heather Abbott Foundation, Rhode Island
  • Hyde Park Pop Warner Cowboys, Boston MA
  • It Starts With Me!
  • Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation
  • JFK Library Foundation
  • John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton
  • Julie's Family Learning Program, South Boston
  • Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund
  • Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
  • MA Down Syndrome Congress
  • Neighborhood Children's Theater, Boston
  • Never Say Never Foundation, Clearwater Beach, Florida
  • New England Adaptive Sports
  • Newfound Lake Region Association
  • On the Rise, Cambridge, MA
  • Project 351
  • Salem High School Athletic Department
  • Savin Hill Baseball
  • Savin Hill Little League
  • Sole Train, Boston
  • South End Baseball, Boston
  • South Shore Special Needs Athletic Partnership (SNAP)
  • St. Ambrose Family Shelter, Dorchester
  • St. Ann CYO Basketball
  • St. Brendan's Voyageur's Club, Dorchester
  • The Fishing Academy, Brighton
  • The Magical Moon Foundation, Marshfield, MA
  • Title IX Girls, Cambridge, MA
  • UTEC, Lowell MA
  • Watertown Youth Baseball
  • YMCA Southcoast
  • Youth Enrichment Services (YES)
  • Zoo New England