Boston Marathon qualifying standards to remain the same for 2025


The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced that it will not raise the entry standards for the 2025 Boston Marathon. This news will be a sigh of relief for many runners who have already achieved a Boston qualifying time for next year.

According to the B.A.A., the qualifying standards across all age brackets will remain the same as they were for the 2024 Boston Marathon. However, achieving a qualifying standard does not guarantee entry into the marathon. If applications exceed capacity, those applicants who exceed their qualifying time standards by the smallest margins may not be accepted.

At the 2024 Boston Marathon, there was a cutoff time of five minutes and 29 seconds per age group, one of the largest since time cutoffs were introduced in 2012. There were more than 33,000 applicants last year, with more than 11,000 athletes turned down despite hitting qualifying times.

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