Boston Marathon 2018: How to Qualify for Next Year’s Race

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While thousands of the best runners in the world are preparing to compete in the 2017 Boston Marathon, it’s never too early to start training for next year’s edition of the famed race.

Just know that it’s not going to be easy to qualify.

It’s not quite as simple as merely hitting one of the qualifying standard times for your age group, which you can find below. Not only do you need to beat that qualifying standard on or after September 17, 2016, but you have to beat enough of your fellow qualifiers in order to get into the actual race.

With the increased popularity of the Boston Marathon, officials are forced to turn qualifiers away in order to limit the field. As such, if the total amount of qualified individuals exceeds the allotted field size, as has been the case the last handful of years, only the best times among each group will be accepted to officially enter the race. In 2014, the field size was 36,000, but nearly 3,000 qualifiers weren’t accepted. In 2015, it was a field size of 30,000 with 1,947 not accepted. And last year, a field size of 30,000 with a whopping 4,562 qualified individuals who weren’t allowed to run the race.

With that in mind, here’s a complete look at the qualifying times for 2018:

2018 Boston Marathon Qualifying Standards

All times courtesy of

Age Group Men Women
18-34 3hrs 05min 3hrs 35min
35-39 3hrs 10min 3hrs 40min
40-44 3hrs 15min 3hrs 45min
45-49 3hrs 25min 3hrs 55min
50-54 3hrs 30min 4hrs 00min
55-59 3hrs 40min 4hrs 10min
60-64 3hrs 55min 4hrs 25min
65-69 4hrs 10min 4hrs 40min
70-74 4hrs 25min 4hrs 55min
75-79 4hrs 40min 5hrs 10min
80+ 4hrs 55min 5hrs 25min