New Record Set for Qualifier Applications to 2024 Boston Marathon in First Year of Partnership with Bank of America
September 15, 2023
More than 33,000 qualified participants applied for entry during Registration Week
BOSTON /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Qualifier registration for the 128th Boston Marathon presented by Bank of America has closed at the end of Registration Week (Sept. 11-15) with a record-setting 33,000 applications received by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.). This is the highest number of qualifier applications received in Boston Marathon registration history, surpassing the previous record of 30,458 qualifier entries for the 2019 event. The record comes in the first year of the Boston Marathon’s presenting partnership with Bank of America.
“The B.A.A. admires the running community’s desire and determination to experience the 128th Boston Marathon,” said Jack Fleming, President and CEO of the B.A.A. “Receiving a record number of qualifier applications is a testament to the strength of road racing around the world and speaks to runners’ commitment to taking on the challenge of earning a Boston Marathon qualifying time with the goal of reaching the start line in Hopkinton.”
Citizens of 127 countries and all 50 U.S. states (plus Washington, D.C.) were among the applicants for the 128th Boston Marathon. Athletes qualified at more than 528 races across the United States and around the world, with applicants ranging in age from 18 to 82.
Due to field size limitations, not all qualifiers will be accepted into the 128th Boston Marathon presented by Bank of America. Athletes who submitted qualifier applications during Registration Week will be ranked based on their qualifying performance. The B.A.A. is in the process of verifying all qualifying times and will email acceptances and non-acceptances within the next three weeks.
The B.A.A. will not predict the “cut-off” time needed to gain entry into the 128th Boston Marathon and asks for athletes’ cooperation and patience during this verification process. Athletes are asked not to contact the B.A.A. to check on the status of their entry unless requested to do so by a member of our Athlete Services team.
For athletes who are not accepted, or those who do not have a Boston Marathon qualifying time, participation is still possible through the Bank of America Boston Marathon Official Charity Program. All 160 non-profit and charitable members of the Bank of America Boston Marathon Official Charity Program have begun accepting applicants for next April’s event. Athletes interested in fundraising as part of a charity program are encouraged to contact the non-profit or charity organization directly for more information.
ABOUT THE BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (B.A.A.)
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. manages the Boston Marathon, and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round programming. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. Starting in 2024, the Boston Marathon’s presenting partner will be Bank of America. The 128th Boston Marathon is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 15, 2024. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.
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