Running Long Distance How to Get Into the Boston Marathon By Christine Luff Updated March 26, 2018 Pin Flip Email Print Maddie Meyer/Getty Images More in Running Long Distance Beginners Weight Loss Motivation Nutrition and Hydration Injury Prevention Shoes, Apparel and Gear Treadmill Running Race Training View All As the oldest consecutively run the marathon and one of the most prestigious road races in the world, the Boston Marathon requires that participants meet tough qualifying times or participate in one of their charity programs to get a number for the race.The 2018 Boston Marathon is on Monday, April 16, 2018 (Patriots' Day in Massachusetts) and registration usually opens the previous September. If running in the famed marathon is on your bucket list someday, here's what it takes to get into the race. How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon To "BQ" (Boston Qualify) is a goal of some marathon runners because the time standards are fast times and only a small percentage of marathon runners achieve them.Qualifying times must be run on a certified marathon course on or after the deadline (usually in September). Here are the qualifying times for the 2018 Boston Marathon: Age Group Men Women 18-34 3:05:00 3:35:00 35-39 3:10:00 3:40:00 40-44 3:15:00 3:45:00 45-49 3:25:00 3:55:00 50-54 3:30:00 4:00:00 55-59 3:40:00 4:10:00 60-64 3:55:00 4:25:00 65-69 4:10:00 4:40:00 70-74 4:25:00 4:55:00 75-79 4:40:00 5:10:00 80+ 4:55:00 5:25:00 The following rules apply to the qualifying times: The acceptance of official race entrants will be based on qualifying time, with the fastest qualifiers (in relation to their age and gender) being accepted first until the race is full.All qualifying times are subject to review and verification.Minimum age requirement for the Boston Marathon is 18 years of age on race day.All standards below are based on official submitted net time.The qualifying times are based upon each athlete's age on the date of the Boston Marathon in which they are participating. Many runners make numerous attempts at a BQ before they're successful. It helps to choose the right marathon. Some marathons have more favorable conditions—such as flat courses, cool temps, and uncrowded course—for Boston Qualifying. Check out this list of fast and flat U.S. marathons if you're looking for a good BQ race. Get Into the Boston Marathon Through the Charity Program The Boston Marathon Official Charity Program began in 1989 when the American Liver Foundation became the first charity to receive official entries into the Boston Marathon. Since then, the program has grown to support at least 30 charities each year.The official Boston Marathon Charities begin accepting runner applications in September for the following year's marathon. All charities offer unique training and fundraising programs and require a minimum fundraising donation. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Whether you're looking to run faster, further, or just start to run in general, we have the best tips for you. Sign up and become a better runner today! Email Address Sign Up There was an error. Please try again. Thank you, , for signing up. What are your concerns? Other Inaccurate Hard to Understand Submit Continue Reading Article How to Get Into the Chicago Marathon Article Do You Have to Qualify for the New York Marathon? Article Quotes From the Prestigious Boston Marathon Article How to Enter the New York City Marathon Successfully List 10 Summer Olympic Sports You're Not Too Old to Qualify For Article What's a Good Finishing Time for Running a Marathon? Article Finding a Marathon for Walkers Based on Time Limit Article The Wrong Way to Train for Marathons Want to Lose Weight in 2019? Let us help you with a personalized meal plan!