Historically low entry times for Boston, 2021

Chicago Athlete ambassador Mandi Florip heads to the finish line of the 2019 Boston Marathon.

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) began sending out notifications yesterday to runners who were accepted or not into the 125th Boston Marathon. Normally taking place on Patriots Day in April, the race was moved to October 11th for 2021, due to the pandemic.

This year’s qualifying window was 7 minutes and 47 seconds under the qualifying time, the lowest in the race’s history. This was due to many factors including the field size and qualifying dates. The field size was reduced from 30,000 to 20,000 for 2021 and entries were accepted from September, 2018 until the registration dates. These two factors resulted in an extremely large number of applicants for fewer spots.

23,824 applications were received and 14,609 runners were accepted. This resulted in 9,215, or 38.678%, of runners who were not allowed entry.

“Qualifiers who were 7 minutes, 47 seconds (7:47) or faster than the qualifying time for their age group and gender will be accepted into the 125th Boston Marathon. In total, 23,824 applications were received by the Friday, April 23 registration deadline. A total of 14,609 athletes applied with a qualifying time equal to or faster than 7 minutes, 47 seconds under their respective qualifying standard or applied through the early registration period for consecutive runners. Applicants are in the process of being accepted, pending verification of their qualifying performance.”

“The B.A.A. was unable to accept 9,215 qualifiers due to field size limitations. The 125th Boston Marathon field size has been established as 20,000 entrants to ensure social distancing throughout the race route, especially at the start and finish. Among those accepted into the 125th Boston Marathon are athletes from 87 countries and all 50 U.S. states.” 

B.A.A. Website

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Mandi has been running for over 25 years and has participated in the Chicago, Detroit, and Boston Marathons. Mandi regularly competes in regional events and enjoys being a part of several running groups including CARA and the Badgerland Striders. She is a co-host on the Ten Junk Miles podcast and looks forward to hosting the Chicago Athlete Podcast. An RRCA certified coach and Les Mills certified instructor, Mandi is also a coach with Chicago Athlete Coaching. Mandi is a local government attorney by weekday and race warrior by weekend.


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