With temps approaching record highs for Monday’s race, the B.A.A has implemented a deferral policy for 2013. I suspect their concern is that 20% of the field consist of runners who did not qualify and hence may not be fit for the conditions. I see this race now as an interesting challenge.

CBS Boston even put me on the news and quoted me a bit in this news piece. Click here and then hit play.

From the B.A.A:

Due to warm weather in Monday’s forecast, a deferment option has been introduced. 

Due to the unusually warm weather forecast for the Boston area on Monday, the B.A.A. will defer the entry of those official entrants to the 2013 Boston Marathon for participants who decide not to race.

This applies to official entrants (including charity runners or other waiver runners) ONLY, who either have claimed or will claim their bib number packet at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo through Sunday evening at the Seaport World Trade Center in South Boston.


  • Runners must claim their bib number for deferment to be an option.  
  • In order to receive a deferment for 2013, race participants may NOT start the race. 
  • No refund for the 2012 entry will be given.  All entry fees for 2013 must be paid. 

In addition, the B.A.A. will keep the finish systems open an additional hour on race day.  Whereas the finish systems generally cease just prior to 5:00 p.m., this year the finish systems will remain open until approximately 6:00 p.m.

Once you have fulfilled these rules, you will be notified after this year’s event regarding how to claim your position in next year’s event.

Note, this is NOT a free entry into the 2013 race, but simply a reserved spot in the field. You will have to pay a 2013 entry fee.

The B.A.A. thanks all participants for their cooperation in this matter.