Has anybody ever ran and register for Boston. Do they accept you the first time, or do they put you on a waiting list or lottery pool like New York. I know about the qualifying rules, but any information would help. I would like to go out for 2007.
Hi again for the one who responded to my message. I know about the qualifying time for my age, but is there any waiting list or pool for registration. Or do they accept you the first time?
Have you found the answer to your question yet? I am interested also in doing the Boston in 07. But the hard part is am I going to qualify come October. Anyhow, I will keep trying If I dont for 08 or 09 or10.......
The year I did it, I got an e-mail after I registered saying my application would be accepted once they varified my qualifying time. About two or three weeks later, I got a second e-mail saying I was in.
From talking to those that do the race regularly, if you qualify and apply by the deadline, you should get in to that year's race. Have you not heard from the BAA yet? How long ago did you apply?
Sorry. Just noticed you're looking at 2007, so you haven't registered. If you try to qualify with an October race, you should have no problem. It doesn't work like NYC, where it's a crapshoot who gets in and who doesn't. Or some other races like Chicago which are first-come, first-served. I think there is a limit, but it's generous in proportion to the number expected to qualify and want to run it.
I have already ran my qualify time in February. I would think to register in October would be to late for 2007.
I would assume that since April is the marathon that registration would be later on in the year. Did you mail your qualify time with your application and fee. Also is there anything else I should know to make my entry more easier? About when is open registration and the deadline fall. Is my qualify time in Feb. to early for next year race. Thanks for your info and replying to my message.
Sorry, CastWi, I misunderstood when you qualified. I'd contact the BAA to see which year your February race falls under. Or, you can ask the race director[s] of the marathon you just ran. They'd know. If you're allowed to defer to 2007, then I'd send in the registration as soon as the 2006 race is over. I did my application online, in October, and had no problem. Still plenty of spots. I'd imagine earlier would be even better. The form was pretty self-explanatory, too.
First-time qualifier for 2006 here. September is when they accept applications for the following year.
It is a very easy process. Most marathons automatically forward their
results to Boston. In general, if you qualify in a marathon AFTER (but
not including) the last weekend in
September, you are eligible for the
next TWO years in Boston. If you qualify in a race prior to, and including the last weekend in September, you are eligible for only
the following year. Entries are accepted first-come, first-serve, up
to around 20,000, and generally does
not fill up until late Jan or Feb.
Entry fee is around $100, and is non-refundable and non-transferrable. If
you get injured after qualifying, as I
have unfortunately done, you have until April 15, 2006, to request a
medical exemption for the following year and your qualifying time will still be honored. In 2006, for the first time, runners will be divided
into two waves. The first wave (under
3:30) will start at noon, the second
wave (over 3:30) will start at 12:30.
You will still be in corrals according
to your time within each wave. You can move to the back of a corral, but
not up, and you cannot change waves.
I was told I could walk the route (I've got IT band syndrome and can
barely run a mile at present) but if you don't finish in 6 hours, you will not be a part of the official and you
are not guaranteed a medal. A limited number of spots are also available for non-qualifying runners who are willing to raise funds for Children's Hospital. Have I left anything out? Probably, but GOOD LUCK!