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The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) released the time breakdowns for those accepted into the 2016 Boston Marathon this morning. Runners who beat their age-group qualifying time by 2:28 or more made the cut for running in the 120th running of the marathon. Here’s a breakdown of the 30,000-person field that will be competing on April 18, 2016:
- 28,594 applications were received during the registration period for qualifiers.
- 24,032 qualified applicants have been accepted to date or are in the process of being accepted, pending verification of their qualifying performance.
- 4,562 applicants were unable to be accepted due to the large number of eligible qualifiers who submitted an application for entry combined with field size limitations.
- 4,744 qualifiers met their qualifying time by 20 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
- 7,495 qualifiers met their qualifying time by 10 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
- 6,849 qualifiers met their qualifying time by 05 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
- 4,540 qualifiers met their qualifying time by 02 minutes, 28 seconds or faster.
- 404 qualifiers were accepted based on finishing 10 or more consecutive Boston Marathons.
Compared to the two previous years, accepted times were slightly faster. Qualifiers needed to be 1:02 or faster for their age group and gender in 2015, and they needed to be 1:38 or faster for their age group and gender for the 2014 Boston Marathon. All accepted runners have or will receive notice via email and mail.
“For so many runners, qualifying and participating in the Boston Marathon is the highlight of their running careers,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “It is extraordinarily difficult to inform those who have qualified that the field size is limited and there is not enough space for everyone. We have worked hard to ensure a fair and balanced registration process that gives qualified runners the best opportunity to participate in the Boston Marathon. In order to ensure the greatest race experience for runners, spectators, and everyone in the community, we work with many constituencies to determine the most optimal field size.”