Boston Marathon Lottery Procedures

Members MUST abide by the bylaw stated in Article III, Section 3 – Conflict of Interest.

RIRR Bylaws

Failure to follow the Boston Lottery procedures will result in the member being ineligible to participate in future Boston Lottery drawings.

The recipient is responsible for forfeiting the waiver in case of injury.

The Club annually receives applications for entry to the Boston Marathon which are exempt from regular time qualifying standards. The club shall maintain membership in whatever organization necessary in order to retain eligibility for receipt of said Applications.

When the Applications are received, it will be the responsibility of the Membership Coordinator or their appointed representative to coordinate their submission according to the following guidelines:

A deadline for an eligible member to submit their name for consideration for an application will be set and publicized.

Members cannot enter the lottery 4 years from race date unless the club has more waivers than lottery entries.

In the event that the number of submitting eligible members equals the number of available applications, no lottery is necessary. Each member shall receive an application.  

In the event that the number of members submitting their name for consideration exceeds the number of available applications, a lottery will be conducted to determine the recipients. Each eligible member will receive one chance for each consecutive year for which they have submitted their interest but not received an Application from the Club.

All entered names will be drawn and the order recorded by the Meetings Coordinator. Members selected for the entry will have 7 calendar days from the date of notification to meet with the Membership Coordinator to provide both the registration information and registration fee to the Club or forfeit their eligibility.  Application will then be up for redistribution. Redistribution will be according to the order in which names were drawn and each subsequent member will have 7 calendar days to complete their payment and registration with the Membership Coordinator. In the event that the number of applications exceeds the number of submitted members, whether that be at the time of initial distribution or following redistribution, initial eligibility requirements will be waived and distribution will occur to those submitting their names.  In the event that a second lottery is necessary, it will be conducted according to the initial lottery procedures.

In the event that the number of applications exceeds the number of interested members, the Membership Coordinator shall be responsible to actively recruit interested persons. The only requirement for said persons to receive an application will be to submit their application for membership to the Club.

The drawing mechanism will be decided by ballots or some other means of selection process. The Membership Coordinator will be responsible for submitting the completed entries and registration fees to BAA.

Eligibility Requirements
1. Member in good standing for the entire calendar year of the drawing. This means paid in full, no more than 30 days beyond membership renewal date for the year.

2. Must meet all BAA specified eligibility requirements to the letter.  The terms and conditions will be contained in the email from the BAA that will be forwarded to waiver winner(s).

3. Member must have run at least one certified half marathon or longer distance between January 1st and December 31st in the year of the drawing.  For example, you must run a half marathon in 2020 to be eligible for the drawing in early January 2021 for the marathon dated April 2021.

4. Must meet eligibility requirements as stipulated with the Volunteer Appreciation Program


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