Both the Island Chill Suva Marathon and the Half Marathon are Officially CERTIFIED by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) and AIMS.
The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has organized the Boston Marathon® since the event’s inception in 1897.The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events. The B.A.A. continues to manage this American classic, which has been sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services since 1986. The Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity, and method of gaining entry into the race (via qualification). More than 125 years after its inception, the Boston Athletic Association continues to be a leader within the sport of road racing and annually carries on the tradition of the Boston Marathon. The B.A.A. promotes a healthy lifestyle through the support of comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs.
Boston Marathon Qualifier
To qualify for the Boston Marathon, athletes must meet time standards which correspond to age and gender.
Achieving one’s qualifying standard does not guarantee entry into the event, but simply the opportunity to submit for registration. In recent years, not all qualifiers who submit an entry have been accepted due to field size restrictions. If total amount of submissions surpass the allotted field size for qualified athletes, then those who are the fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender group will be accepted.
Boston Marathon Important Information
- 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.
- The qualifying window will remain open until the conclusion of registration for the Boston Marathon (once the maximum field size has been reached).
- Only a certified full marathon distance will be accepted for qualifying.
- Distances shorter than a full marathon will not be accepted.
- We do not accept indoor marathon times.
- We accept qualifying times from USATF, AIMS, or foreign equivalent certified courses. The Boston Marathon does not designate which races meet qualifying standards. You must contact the race directly to see if they are certified.
- 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 qualifying times are based on official submitted net time.
- Though the B.A.A. will email registrants upon the completion of their form, runners are not officially entered into the race until their qualifying time is verified. This length of time may vary and can be as long as several days, depending on the qualifying marathon.
AIMS was firmly established in May 1982 with its first Congress in London. Informal discussions had been held over the previous two years amongst some of the world’s leading marathon race directors with a view to setting up such an association. Meetings were held in New York, Honolulu and other venues prior to the formal meeting in London.
AIMS was initially established with the idea of providing a forum for the exchange of ideas that would help to improve each attending director’s race. However, once it was decided to write Articles of Association it was found necessary to go beyond just the exchange of ideas and to set some basic rules to govern the association and membership.
The objectives of the Association are:
- to foster and promote distance running throughout the world;
- to work with the International Association of Athletic Federations on all matters relating to international road races, and;
- to exchange information, knowledge and expertise among the members of the Association.
From those beginnings thirty years ago AIMS has made remarkable progress.
At the 5th World Congress of AIMS in 1989 in Melbourne, Australia, membership was extended beyond just marathons to all road races. Membership was further extended at the 16th World Congress of AIMS in March 2007 held in Xiamen, China to explicitly include races held off-road. Through a partnership with agencies of the Greek national government AIMS opened a permanent headquarters at the spiritual home of the Marathon in November 2011, within the Olympic Complex in Athens. From this date OPAP-VisitGreece has become the Patron of AIMS.
AIMS has firmly established itself as the major force behind the development and progress of distance running throughout the world. From an initial membership of 28 in 1982, it has grown to over 400 countries and territories including most of the world’s premier marathons and many other major road races.
AIMS has set firm standards of course measurement. IAAF has recognized and adopted the AIMS system as its standard. All AIMS members are required to have their courses so measured.
AIMS and IAAF recognize world road records, having jointly developed acceptable criteria for their recognition.
AIMS acknowledges and is grateful to all the organizations, institutions and sponsors who support and co-operate with the Association in its efforts to develop the sport of road running.