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Registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon will open for all time qualifiers at 10 a.m. Eastern on Monday, September 15.
Approximately 8,000 qualifier spots remain available, the Boston Athletic Association told Runner’s World Newswire on Monday morning. Registration will remain open until 5 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, September 17.
Registration for the fastest time qualifiers opened on September 8, starting with those who have met their standard by 20 or more minutes. On Friday, registration opened for those who have met their standard by five or more minutes. The first period of registration ended at 10 p.m. Saturday.
Of this year’s 30,000-runner field, roughly 24,000 spots are being allotted to qualifiers. Approximately 16,000 qualifiers signed up last week.
If, after registration closes on the 17th the number of qualifiers exceeds the number of spots available, applicants will be ranked by the amount by which they’ve exceeded their standard, with the fastest given preference until the field fills. If qualifier spots remain available after the 17th, registration will reopen on Monday, September 22, and remain open on a first-come, first-served basis until the qualifier field is full.
Last fall, for registration for the 2014 race, the number of qualifiers who applied exceeded the number of available spots. There were roughly 25,000 qualifier spots available for the one-time expansion of the field; those who ran at least 1:38 faster than their standard got in.
During registration in the fall of 2012 for the 2013 marathon, no cut-off time among qualifiers was necessary. After the initial two-week registration period, approximately 2,500 qualifier spots remained available on a first-come, first-served basis. The field of qualifiers didn’t fill until after the first weekend of October; this timing allowed runners to use early fall marathons for the following spring’s Boston. That year, roughly 21,600 qualifier spots were available.