30 Sep '15, 4pm

2016 Boston Marathon Cut-Off Is 2:28 Under Qualifying Marks

The entire field is capped at 30,000 runners, and 24,032 runners will be time qualifiers or runners with an active streak of at least 10 years. That number is 486 more than the number of runners accepted for the 2015 race. The gap between the runners' qualifying standard and the time needed to secure a slot was not surprising after more runners than ever entered during the first week of registration . The application process was split into three windows and allowed the fastest qualifiers to sign up first. Only about 5,000 spots remained when registration reopened to all time qualifers on September 21, a number that was about 3,000 less than last year at the same time in the registration process. The cut-off time is more than double what it was for the 2015 marathon, when athletes had to run at least 1:02 or faster than their standard to earn a bib. This year, about 16 perc...

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