BAA adjusts qualifying times for 2020 Boston Marathon

The change stems from a significant increase in applications from recent years.

Boston Marathon finish line
Runners cross the finish line of the 122nd Boston Marathon. –Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

The Boston Athletic Association adjusted qualifying standards for the 2020 Boston Marathon on Thursday. The qualifying standards must be five minutes faster for all age groups.

The change marks the seventh consecutive year in which the BAA has altered the Boston Marathon acceptance requirements.

According to the BAA, the change stems from a significant increase in applications from recent years, with the BAA having to turn away 7,384 of 30,458 qualifiers because of field size limitations.

“Due to the unprecedented support and interest in being part of next year’s race, the BAA unfortunately is unable to accept all deserving participants who achieved hard-earned qualifying times,’’ said Tom Grilk, the BAA’s chief executive officer. “We thank them for their running efforts and desire to run with us.’’

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For reference from previous years, qualifiers needed to be three minutes, 23 seconds or faster than their age group and gender for the 2018 Boston Marathon; 2:09 or faster for 2017; 2:28 or faster for 2016; 1:02 or faster for 2015; and 1:38 or faster for 2014.

Boston Marathon qualifying times The Boston Athletic Association announced it has changed the qualifying times runners must achieve to register for the 2020 Boston Marathon.
Age group 2019 men 2020 men 2019 women 2020 women
18-34 3:05 3:00 3:35 3:30
35-39 3:10 3:05 3:40 3:35
40-44 3:15 3:10 3:45 3:40
45-49 3:25 3:20 3:55 3:50
50-54 3:30 3:25 4:00 3:55
55-59 3:40 3:35 4:10 4:05
60-64 3:55 3:50 4:25 4:20
65-69 4:10 4:05 4:40 4:35
70-74 4:25 4:20 4:55 4:50
75-79 4:40 4:35 5:10 5:05
80+ 4:55 4:50 5:25 5:20
SOURCE: BAA

Here are some field demographics for this year’s qualified applicants:

5,256 qualifiers met their qualifying time by 20 minutes or faster.

8,620 qualifiers met their qualifying time by 10 minutes or faster.

8,545 qualifiers met their qualifying time by five or faster.

220 qualifiers met their qualifying time by 4 minutes, 52 seconds or faster.

433 qualifiers were accepted based on finishing 10 or more consecutive Boston Marathons.

270 qualified athletes with disabilities have been accepted, or are expected to be accepted, through the conclusion of the Athletes with Disabilities registration period.