Registration for Boston marathon 2015 opened on Monday 8th September and closed on Wednesday 17th September - it did not stay open even till the end of week 2.Over 1900 runners who qualified and applied did not get through as the cut-off was 1:02 - last year, when I was going through an agonisingly nerve wracking time during the Boston 2014 registration process, the cut-off was 1:38. This was personally a surprise to me. Due to the bombings in 2013 the interest for the 2014 edition was unusually high. I expected it to get back to the 2013 level this year but that is not the case. It looks like BAA is going to review the registration process for 2016 as per this article in RW. The following from the BAA site gives details of this year's registrations :
In cooperation with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route, the B.A.A. has set the field size for the 2015 Boston Marathon at 30,000 official entrants. More than 80% of the field will be comprised of athletes who have met the qualifying standards. The balance will consist of invitational entrants, many of whom run for local charitable organizations.
Registration for runners who met the B.A.A.’s Qualifying Standards for the 2015 Boston Marathon began on Monday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m. ET using a “rolling admission” schedule and continued through Saturday, September 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET. Registration re-opened on Monday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. and application submissions were received through Wednesday, September 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
- 25,493 applications were received during the registration period for qualifiers.
- 23,546 Qualified applicants have been accepted to date or are in the process of being accepted, pending verification of their qualifying performance.
- 1,947 applicants were unable to be accepted due to the large number of eligible qualifiers who submitted an application for entry combined with field size limitations.
During the first week of registration, when the fastest of all Qualifiers submitted their application for entry:
- 4,093 Qualifiers accepted met their qualifying time by 20 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
- 6,490 Qualifiers accepted met their qualifying time by 10 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
- 6,160 Qualifiers accepted met their qualifying time by 05 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
During the second week of registration, 6,447 Qualifiers were accepted. These were Qualifiers who were one minute, two seconds (1:02) or faster than the Qualifying time for their age group and gender. (Last year, for the 2014 Boston Marathon, Qualifiers who were one minute, 38 seconds or faster than the Qualifying time for their age group and gender were accepted.)
In addition, 356 Qualifiers who have an active streak of ten or more consecutive Boston Marathon completed also entered during a pre-registration period in August and have been accepted.
It looks like despite the increased field size registration for Boston is getting more and more competitive and doing just a sub 3:40 is not going to be sufficient to get in. Perhaps my next time would be in the 60-64 age group for which the BQ time is 3:55?