Boston Marathon Registration Opens on Monday
by David Monti
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(07-Sep) -- The Boston Athletic Association, organizers of the Boston Marathon and other events, will open registration to the 2012 edition of the Boston Marathon this coming Monday, September 12, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. New this year is a registration procedure that allows the fastest qualifiers to sign up first. The switch comes following last year's registration rush, where the race filled up in record time.
On Monday, athletes who have met the qualifying standards for their age group by 20 minutes or more can register. Two days later, on September 14, those who have met their standards by 10 minutes or more are allowed to register. On Friday, September 16, registration will open for those who have met their respective qualifying standards by five minutes or more, if space remains.
Registration will close from Saturday, September 17 at 10:00 p.m., ET and will re-open if space remains on Monday, September 19 to all qualifiers until September 23 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
The 2012 Boston Marathon is set for Monday, April 16, Patriots Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Last year, Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won the 115th edition in 2:03:02, the fastest time ever run in all conditions for the marathon. Caroline Kilel, also of Kenya, outsprinted American Desiree Davila to capture the women's title.
Below are the qualifying times needed for the 2012 Boston Marathon. Note that the times are the same as those needed for the past few years. Starting in 2013, qualifying times will be tightened by five minutes.
Age Group Men Women
18-34 3hrs 10min 3hrs 40min
35-39 3hrs 15min 3hrs 45min
40-44 3hrs 20min 3hrs 50min
45-49 3hrs 30min 4hrs 00min
50-54 3hrs 35min 4hrs 05min
55-59 3hrs 45min 4hrs 15min
60-64 4hrs 00min 4hrs 30min
65-69 4hrs 15min 4hrs 45min
70-74 4hrs 30min 5hrs 00min
75-79 4hrs 45min 5hrs 15min
80 and over 5hrs 00min 5hrs 30min