FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Registration for 2011 Boston Marathon® to Open on Monday, October 18
B.A.A. Anticipates Unprecedented Interest in 115th running;
Field is Expected to Fill Quickly.
BOSTON, Mass. – Registration for the 2011 Boston Marathon will open on
Monday, October 18, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. (ET) and will be conducted online at
www.baa.org. The 115th running of the Boston Marathon will be on Monday,
April 18, 2011: Patriots' Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Entrants qualify for the Boston Marathon by meeting the B.A.A.'s time
standards which correspond to age and gender, and the qualifying standards
for the 2011 race remain unchanged from recent years. Qualifying standards
for the 2011 Boston Marathon must be met on or after September 20, 2009 at
a marathon certified by USA Track & Field, the national governing body for
the sport (or foreign equivalent). Also, the registration fee will remain
at $130 USD for residents of the USA.
John Hancock Financial is the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon for
the 26th consecutive year. During that time, the race has grown from 4,904
entrants in 1986 to 26,790 entrants (22,721 finishers) in 2010. The field
size for 2011 will remain the same as in 2010. The B.A.A. has organized the
race since the inaugural Boston Marathon in 1897 when the field consisted
of 15 starters and 10 finishers.
For the 2010 Boston Marathon, the race filled in just over two months. The
B.A.A. anticipates the maximum field size for the 2011 race will be reached
faster than last year, and those who have met the qualifying standards are
encouraged to enter early.
Full registration information, including a list of qualifying marathons,
and a list of the B.A.A.'s Official Charities for the Boston Marathon is
available at http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon.
QUALIFYING STANDARDS FOR THE 2011 BOSTON MARATHON
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 older 5hrs 00min 5hrs 30min
The 2011 Boston Marathon will follow the historic, 26.2 mile,
point-to-point course which begins in the Town of Hopkinton, includes
Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline, and finishes
in Boston's Back Bay at Copley Square.
Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit
organization with a mission of managing athletic events and 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. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the
Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial. The Boston Marathon is
part of the World Marathon Majors along with the Virgin London Marathon,
real,- Berlin Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and the ING New
York City Marathon.