FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Boston Athletic Association Closes Registration
For The 2012 Boston Marathon.
Applicants To Receive Notification Next Week.
BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that
registration for the 2012 Boston Marathon has closed. In preparation for
next year's race, the B.A.A. implemented a new registration process,
allowing the fastest runners in relation to their qualifying times to
register during a two week period.
Registration began at 10 a.m. ET on September 12 and concluded at 5 p.m. ET
on September 23. For the first time, the registration was not first come,
first served, but rather allowed for a more systematic and orderly
Next week, applicants will be notified of their acceptance. Those
applications who are unable to be accepted also will be notified next week.
At the conclusion of the first week of registration, nearly 15,000
applicants were informed of their acceptance. A total of more than 20,000
entrants will be accepted through this process. Additionally, 277
qualifiers who have run ten or more consecutive Boston Marathons have been
accepted and notified.
"We have been very pleased with how smoothly our new registration process
has worked," said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. "Regrettably, we
are unable to accept all applicants due to field size limitations and the
large number of applications we received from qualified runners. Our new
process is based on fairness and athletic accomplishment, and we appreciate
the cooperation we have received from all marathoners during the process."
Until all applicants are notified and qualifying performances are verified,
the B.A.A. will not release data on the cut-off time needed for acceptance.
The name of accepted applicants will be posted to the "Entrants" page of
the B.A.A. web site, which is the official web site for the Boston
Marathon. The B.A.A. will issue and post a wide range of statistics on the
new registration process and its applicants in the coming weeks.
The 116th Boston Marathon is on Monday, April 16, 2012, Patriots' Day in
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In February 2011, the B.A.A. announced that qualifying times for the 2013
Boston Marathon would be made more stringent by five minutes across all age
groups and both genders. The qualification window for the 2013 Boston
Marathon begins tomorrow, September 24, 2011.
For details on the B.A.A.'s new registration process for the Boston
Marathon, click here:
To see the qualifying standards for both the 2012 Boston Marathon and the
2013 Boston Marathon, click here:
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,
BMW Berlin Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and the ING New York